Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes will miss the rest of the season because of head and neck trauma diagnosed by three experts on spinal injuries.
A helmet-to-helmet blow he absorbed on Oct. 30 against San Diego was the most recent problem for the 32-year-old running back. But coach Dick Vermeil said Wednesday signs of trouble first showed up when Holmes developed tingling in his hands during training camp.
Holmes, 32, a three-time Pro Bowler whose 66 touchdowns between 2002-2004 are an NFL record for any three-year span, was placed on injured reserve. Doctors had recommended he avoid any contact at all for a minimum of 30 days.
He is not incapacitated and no surgery is planned, said general manager Carl Peterson.
"It's a head trauma and a neck trauma that has affected the cervical area of his spine," Peterson said. "But he's not incapacitated. There's no reason for surgery."
A statement from Dr. Jon Browne, the Chiefs' team physician, said no permanent damage had occurred either to the head or neck and that Holmes would be re-evaluated in 30 days.
Peterson also said doctors were not concerned about the possibility of paralysis should Holmes continue playing, and that Holmes indicated he planned to resume his career next season.
Injuries have caused the Chiefs' career rushing leader to cut short two of his last three seasons. But he has shown flashes of his old self while rushing for 451 yards and six touchdowns on 119 carries. He also has 21 catches for 197 yards, including a 60-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in a victory over Washington on Oct. 16.
"We're going to miss him," Vermeil said. "He's more than a football player for this organization."
KORDELL CUT: Kordell Stewart was cut Wednesday by the Baltimore Ravens, who no longer need him as a backup quarterback now that Kyle Boller has returned from a toe injury.
Stewart was signed on Sept. 11 after Boller hyperextended his right big toe in the opener against Indianapolis. Playing as the backup to Anthony Wright, Stewart appeared in only one game, entering for a single series last Sunday against Cincinnati after Wright sprained an ankle.
Stewart didn't throw a pass, but ran for 30 yards on three carries in a drive that produced a field goal in Baltimore's 21-9 loss.
NINERS LOSE LINEMAN: Left tackle Jonas Jennings will miss the rest of the San Francisco 49ers' season after surgery on his right shoulder.
Jennings, who got a seven-year, $36 million contract as the 49ers' biggest offseason free-agent signing, played just three games before being sidelined by a torn labrum. He also missed most of an early loss at Philadelphia after taking a blow to the throat.
He sat out San Francisco's last five games in an attempt to heal his shoulder, but surgery Tuesday revealed too much damage.
ALSO: Running back Fred Taylor missed practice Wednesday with a badly sprained right ankle and was listed as doubtful for the Jacksonville Jaguars' game against Baltimore . . . Minnesota Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a broken right collarbone . . . Rookie offensive lineman Richie Incognito was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list by the St. Louis Rams because his surgically repaired knee failed to respond as quickly as anticipated . . . The Seattle Seahawks, already thinned by injuries at wide receiver, released Jerheme Urban, who has a stress fracture in his left foot. Also, linebacker Jamie Sharper is out indefinitely with a swollen and infected right knee . . . Quarterback Cody Pickett will make his second straight start for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Chicago.