Before the Chiefs can bounce back from Sunday's loss at home to Carolina, they have to deal with an off the field issue centering on their best defensive performer. Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield was allegedly charged with drunken driving on Interstate 435 in Kansas and was forced to post $2,000 bond.
Warfield was cited for a DUI and a lane violation; he is scheduled to appear in Overland Park Municipal Court on October 19th. This was Warfield's third arrest in three years for a DUI in Johnson County and if convicted of this latest allegation, he could serve anywhere from two months to a year in jail. Even further Warfield could face a NFL suspension for being a repeat offender.
"It's disappointing," Head coach Dick Vermeil said. "I'm disappointed for the kid. He probably played his best football game Sunday."
But the biggest news that came out of the Panthers loss came from running back Priest Holmes who is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Holmes is complaining of a sprained ankle, that he suffered in the fourth quarter against the Panthers.
The All-Pro went down awkwardly on his ankle in Sunday's game. Holmes was reportedly looking to come back in the game, but was kept out. He did rush for only 66-yards on Sunday.
"We didn't want him in the game. Is that a good enough answer? It had nothing to do with his injury." Vermeil said, "The only thing I can tell you is the truth. That's why he wasn't in the game. The situation in a game like that, down by 11, we just left him out of there."
If Holmes can not go on Sunday; Derrick Blaylock will be the starter. Blaylock did play when Holmes sat out the remaining time in the fourth quarter. Blaylock did only rush for 13-yards on three carries.
"We just left him out because it's the kind of stuff we were doing that (backup) Derrick Blaylock can do and do well" said Vermeil.
Holmes was also was complaining of a sore knee as well, but that is not the cause that could keep him out of the game. The last time Holmes missed a game was the 2002 season when he injured his hip. That injury kept him of the final two games, and ruined his chance for a NFL rushing title that season.
"It's slight sprain, slight swelling, nothing to do with a high ankle sprain or anything like that," Vermeil said. "I know it's not a serious ankle sprain. 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."
Other Chiefs that are listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Texans include wide receiver Eddie Kennison is hurt because of a muscle strain, rookie Samie Parker, who hasn't played thus far this season but is closer to getting on the field. The Chiefs only have three healthy wide outs. To help out the injury depleted receiving corps, Chris Horn might be signed off the practice squad and placed on the roster. That means the Chiefs will have to release someone.
"We'll just have to wait and see how Samie Parker is," Vermeil said. "We could go with three receivers. Some people only suit up three receivers on game day."