Priest Holmes announces his retirement

Priest Holmes announced his retirement from football today, saying a recurrence of symptoms that kept him away from the Chiefs for almost two years precluded him from playing football again.

The 34-year-old running back experienced numbness and tingling in his extremities during Sunday’s 13-10 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis. At one point in the third quarter, he took himself out of the game, though he later returned for a brief appearance.

“It happened on three occasions,’’ Holmes said. “It was not any particular tackle. It was not any particular hit.’’

Holmes indicated he had an idea his career was finished when the game was over but waited to consult with doctors before deciding to retire.

“Decisions made on your own are not always wise,’’ Holmes said. “In this case, it was best to get the doctor’s opinion.’’

Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said doctors after examining Holmes advised him not to play again.