Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes says his NFL career is "on hold" while he waits for doctors to clear him to play, the San Antonio News-Express reported Sunday.
Holmes, 32, played seven games last season for the Chiefs, rushing 119 times for 451 yards and six touchdowns before suffering a neck injury on a helmet-to-helmet hit with Chargers defensive end Shawne Merriman on Oct. 30.
Holmes said he would like to return for a 10th NFL season and even play two or three more years, the newspaper reported. He has overcome three knee injuries and a hip displacement before.
"I know it sounds funny to say it, but I've had the luxury of being injured before," Holmes said, the News-Express reported. "Most people don't see that as a luxury. But at least I know what to expect."
Holmes said he won't disobey his doctor if he is ordered to retire, the newspaper reported.
The Chiefs aren't hurting at running back, with Pro Bowler Larry Johnson the expected starter this season.
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