- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2006

1:22 p.m.

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs acquired running back Michael Bennett from the New Orleans Saints today but insisted that didn’t mean Priest Holmes would retire.

“This is not an indication that Priest is not coming back,” Chiefs President Carl Peterson said.

Holmes, a three-time Pro Bowler, is home in San Antonio awaiting medical clearance to resume his career. He sustained a neck and spinal-cord injury in a game in October and lost his starting job to Larry Johnson. With the job to himself, Johnson finished the season with 1,750 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

The Saints traded Bennett for an undisclosed choice in the 2007 NFL draft.

Holmes was placed on the physically unable to perform list before the opening of training camp and will likely remain there for the foreseeable future.

“He’s comfortable with that, and we’re comfortable with that,” Peterson said. “We’ll continue to monitor his physical well-being. I’ve had conversations with him, and he’s [OK] right now where he is. But the doctors have still not given him a release to have contact.”

Bennett, who signed as a free agent with New Orleans in March, appeared in 64 games with Minnesota. His best year was 2002, when he had 1,296 yards on 255 carries. The Vikings chose Bennett in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft out of Wisconsin.

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