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Ex-Raven Holmes hurt again, may retire

ESPN is reporting that Kansas City running back Priest Holmes, a former Raven, may retire as soon as today because of a neck injury suffered Sunday in the Chiefs' loss to Indianapolis. Earlier in the year, another veteran Pro Bowl back, Seattle fullback Mack Strong, abruptly retired because of a neck injury.

Holmes, who seemingly battled back from injuries throughout his career, spent two years trying to come back from head and neck trauma suffered in October 2005. Holmes, 34, finally made it back into uniform, surprising even his coaches, and has been filling in for injured starter Larry Johnson. He has 46 carries for 137 yards and five receptions this season. In 2003, Holmes set what was then a record for touchdowns in a season with 27.

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Holmes broke into the league in 1997 as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens and rushed for 1,008 yards his second season, his best year in Baltimore. In 2000, he was replaced by Jamal Lewis as the starter. In 2001, he signed as a free agent in Kansas City, where he blossomed into one of the league's premier backs. During his first three years with the Chiefs, Holmes carried the ball more than 300 times each season and gained a total of nearly 4,600 yards. A knee injury cut short what promised to be another productive season in 2004, and since then he has played in just 11 games.

Photo credit:  Associated Press


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