Holmes questionable with sprained ankle

Updated: September 21, 2004, 5:16 PM ET
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Things have started bad enough for the 0-2 Chiefs. Are their problems about to get worse?

The Chiefs might play Sunday's game against Houston without their most explosive offensive weapon -- halfback Priest Holmes. Coach Dick Vermeil said Tuesday that Holmes is questionable because of a sprained left ankle.

Priest Holmes
Running Back
Kansas City Chiefs
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
42 217 4 5 14 0

Holmes missed the last half of the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to Carolina. Derrick Blaylock would be the starter and featured halfback if Holmes can't play.

"I know it's not a serious ankle sprain," coach Dick Vermeil said Monday. "I don't know if he's had one before or how long it takes him to recover. Every guy is a little bit different, and every ankle is a little bit different.

"We're prepared to go without him if he can't go. Obviously, we want him to be ready. It's not serious. It's just how quickly he can mend."

Holmes ran for 1,420 yards last season. Over the past three-plus seasons, Holmes has amassed 4,807 yards rushing, 6,797 yards from scrimmage and 65 touchdowns.

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