Kansas City Chiefs star running back Priest Holmes will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Holmes, who was leading the NFL in scoring and rushing when he got hurt Nov. 7, was placed on injured reserve Thursday but will not require surgery.

“It was the best thing to do for Priest Holmes and his future,” coach Dick Vermeil said. “I think he’ll be 100 percent within a month, two months at least.”

Vermeil said Holmes might have remained on the roster if the Chiefs (4-8) were headed for the playoffs.

But he had already been declared out for Monday night’s game at Tennessee, and the Chiefs will play only three more times after that.

“The rehab is taking longer and with the season only four weeks to go and Priest feeling the pressure to get ready to play ... obviously he wasn’t going to be able to,” Vermeil said. “There was some talk that in a couple of weeks he might start practicing with a brace on the knee.”

“But we aren’t going to do that to Priest Holmes.”

Holmes was injured on what appeared to be a routine tackle at Tampa Bay, forcing an early end to what was shaping up as a terrific year.

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Cardinals running back Emmitt Smith was upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, but the Arizona running back was not making any promises he’d play: “The bottom line is what the word is on Sunday. Doubtful and questionable are for the people playing fantasy football and who are making the bets.” ...

Seahawks receiver Jerry Rice didn’t practice Thursday, one day after leaving a workout with a strained left quadriceps.

Rice and fellow receiver Darrell Jackson, who missed his second day of practice with an undisclosed illness, are listed as probable for Seattle’s game Sunday at Minnesota.

Rison in jail: Former Pro Bowl receiver Andre Rison was jailed in DeKalb County, Ga., for failure to pay child support.

Rison, 37, who spent 12 seasons with the Colts, Falcons, Browns, Jaguars, Packers, Chiefs and Raiders, was sentenced to jail until he pays $127,000 to a woman with whom he has two sons.

2009 Super Bowl: Atlanta, Houston, Miami and Tampa, Fla., were selected as the four finalists for the 2009 Super Bowl.

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