Veterans absent at camp


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Jan 22, 2006
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Veterans absent at camp
Chiefs excuse Roaf and Law, while team is still uncertain whether Holmes will return.
The Kansas City Star
RIVER FALLS, Wis. - | The Chiefs arrived at training camp Thursday without left tackle Willie Roaf and cornerback Ty Law, pieces that are critical to their Super Bowl aspirations.

The Chiefs said both had been excused for personal reasons but didn’t give a timetable for their return.

Also absent was halfback Priest Holmes, who also missed all of the offseason work because of his neck condition. Holmes had his latest evaluation with specialists in Los Angeles, and the Chiefs were waiting for the results.

“They told us it would be no earlier than Monday,” president/general manager Carl Peterson said. “They’ll tell us what they think the situation is at this point.”

Holmes will go on the physically-unable-to-perform list before the first training-camp practice this afternoon. Holmes could be activated from that list if he is cleared to play.

“It’s very difficult to tell (whether Holmes will play),” Peterson said.

While Holmes’ absence was not unexpected, coach Herm Edwards indicated earlier in the week that Roaf and Law would join the Chiefs for the start of camp.

On Thursday, Edwards indicated Law, who signed only this week, would report after handling some personal matters.

Roaf’s absence is even more mysterious. After declaring emphatically in the spring that he would play this season, Roaf missed most of the offseason practices.

The Chiefs and Roaf’s agent, Peter Schaffer, indicated at the time that Roaf preferred to spend the offseason with his children in California.

Neither Schaffer nor Roaf returned phone messages Thursday.

Edwards said Jordan Black would take Roaf’s place at left tackle today and indicated Kyle Turley would be the right tackle.

Edwards publicly appeared unconcerned about the absences.

“For veteran guys that are 30 years and over, they’ve been in enough training camps,” he said.

Peterson also addressed the contract situation of wide receiver Eddie Kennison, who said this week he wants the Chiefs to either give him a new deal or release him.

“Every player would like to make more money, and I appreciate that, but there is only so much (salary) cap and so much cash,” Peterson said. “I have had that conversation with Eddie, and he knows where the Kansas City Chiefs are on this matter. He’s here, and he’s going to practice and, frankly, I don’t care to talk about it anymore.”
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