The good news is that it looks as though starting QB Trent Green (ribs-questionable) will be in the lineup after practicing for the first time this week on Friday.
"Trent was fine; he said he felt good," said head coach Dick Vermeil. "I watched him closely. I waited until the practice was all the way over to ask him how he felt and he said he felt good."
Vermeil added that the final decision wouldn't be made until Saturday when the team would know how Green, who hasn't missed a game since coming to the Chiefs in 2001, felt after working out Friday.
Holmes, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee November 7, began light running this week. He isn't likely to return to action next week, either. Backup RB Derrick Blaylock will start again for Holmes with second-year RB Larry Johnson seeing carries in back of him.
Besides Holmes, backup DE Vonnie Holliday (groin) is also out. Rookie TE Kris Wilson (broken leg) and starting SS Greg Wesley (hamstring) are both doubtful, but neither will play. Wilson aggravated the injury last Friday, which pushed back his timetable another week or two.
Wesley, who didn't practice this week, was injured in pre-game warm-ups last week and will be replaced again by backup S Willie Pile.
Besides Green, starting WLB Monty Beisel (calf), starting FS Jerome Woods (knee), and rookie DT Junior Siavii (calf) are questionable, although Vermeil said Thursday that Beisel and Woods wouldn't play.
None of the three practiced Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, with the exception of Siavii worked on Friday when Vermeil said he expects the rookie to be available Sunday.
Backup S Shaunard Harts, who is listed as probable with a sore shin, started for Woods last week. Harts practiced fully each day this week. With both starting safeties likely out, backup CB Dexter McCleon has also gotten some reps at safety in practice this week.
Besides Harts, starting DT John Browning (groin), backup TE Jason Dunn (foot), and P Steve Cheek (ankle) are also probable. Browning was added Thursday after being unable to practice but he returned to work Friday, while Dunn was added Friday despite practicing. Cheek will be in his usual role Sunday and wasn't been hindered this week in practice.
For the Raiders starting RB Tyrone Wheatley (out-hamstring) is expected to miss two-to-three weeks with a partially torn hamstring. Veteran RB Amos Zereoue is expected to start for him but look for second-year RB Justin Fargas to also see carries now that his toe injury is behind him.
Backup TE Courtney Anderson (knee), backup WR Johnnie Morant (foot), starting OLB/DE Travian Smith (knee), and starting G Ron Stone (knee) are all out. DE/OLB Sam Williams will continue to start for Smith while rookie C Jake Grove starts again for Stone. SS Marques Anderson (quadricep) didn't practice all week and remains doubtful to play. If he can't play, then rookie S Stuart Schweigert or backup S David Terrell will fill in. Starting DE/OLB Tyler Brayton (neck) missed practice and remains doubtful to play as backup DE Bobby Hamilton will likely start for him. Backup WR Alvis Whitted (hip) practiced lightly and remains questionable. Starting WR Doug Gabriel (hip) and starting DL Warren Sapp (toe) both practiced and are expected to start.