Chiefs Might Play Without Holmes Sunday

The Chiefs face the possibility of hosting Oakland this week without one of their top players on both offense and defense.

Coach Dick Vermeil on Tuesday held off categorizing the availability of running back Priest Holmes and cornerback Patrick Surtain, as he isn't required to do so until Wednesday. But Vermeil sounded less sure of Holmes' availability than he did on Monday night, when he said on his weekly radio show that he thought Holmes would play despite being knocked out of the San Diego game in the third quarter with what was described as a mild head trauma.

Holmes was awaiting the result of another battery of post-concussion tests that will indicate whether it's safe for him to play.

"He needs to feel good about it more than anything," Vermeil said.

Surtain sustained an injury to the same knee that required medical attention during his time in Miami. He was walking Tuesday without visible evidence of a limp, and Vermeil said medical reports indicated no structural damage to the knee.

Still, Surtain's status will bear watching through the course of the week as the Chiefs defense prepares for the Raiders and quarterback Kerry Collins, who has thrown for just under 500 yards with four TD's and only one interception in the Raiders' back-to-back victories.

Collins has made the most of his opportunities in guiding the Raiders to wins in three of their last four games. He was exceptional in wins over Dallas and Buffalo. Last week in Tennessee he showed patience in the pocket and spread the ball out to all of his offensive weapons.

If Surtain can't play and Dexter McCleon remains sidelined with a strained groin, veteran DeWayne Washington will get the start for the Chiefs.

Warpaint Illustrated Staff contributed to this report.

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