EL SEGUNDO - Los Angeles Raider tailback Bo Jackson will not be avaible for Sunday's AFC championship game because of a hip injury suffered in last week's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals,a team doctor said yesterday
"He won't play this week," Raider physician Robert Rosenfeld said after yesterday's practice.
Jackson did not practice yesterday and was not seen at the Raider complex in El Segundo.
Rosenfeld also suggested that Jackson's injury could force the tailback out of Super Bowl XXV should the Raiders defeat the Buffalo Bills at Rich Stadium.
"I only wish we had two weeks before the Super Bowl," he said.
This year, as part of the NFL's new television package, there will not be an extra week off between the conference title games and the Super Bowl.
The Raiders would not reveal the results of Jackson's magnetic resonance imaging test and offered no status report until yesterday, when teams must report injury updates to the league. The team listed Jackson as "doubtful" for Sunday's game. The Raiders had the option of listing him as "out."
"He's getting constant treatment," coach Art Shell said yesterday morning. "He's doubtful for this week, but you never know."
The team would say only that Jackson's left hip was sore. Rosenfeld would not expand on the specifics of Jackson's injury, which he suffered when he was tackled by former Maryland standout Kevin Walker on a 34-yard run on the second play of the third quarter. He had carried only six times for 77 yards against the Bengals. Marcus Allen finished with 140 yards in 21 carries, his best game of the season.
Shell said that Greg Bell would be activated for Sunday's game regardless of Jackson's condition. Shell said Bell's role would be limited, which would leave the bulk of the Raider rushing game for Allen.
"We'd like to have Bo. He's a great football player," Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder said. "If we don't have Bo, someone else will have to step in. We still have a very good team without Bo. We didn't have him the last time."
The last time the Bills and Raiders met, on Oct. 7, Jackson was still wearing a batting helmet for the Kansas City Royals. In that game, the Raiders led 24-14 in the fourth quarter before the Bills scored 24 points in a span of 6 minutes 3 seconds. Buffalo went on to a 38-24 victory.
Jackson was the only player listed as "doubtful" in the NFL injury report yesterday. New York Giants running back Rodney Hampton is out with a broken leg. Giants placekicker Matt Bahr is "questionable" with a neck injury, meaning he has a 50-50 chance of playing.
All others were listed as "probable," meaning they have a 75 percent chance of playing. They are Raiders safety Eddie Anderson (calf), defensive end Howie Long (thumb) and cornerback Lionel Washington (hamstring); Giants cornerback Mark Collins (ankle); and 49ers guard Harris Barton (shoulder), center Jesse Sapolu (knee), guard Ricky Siglar (ankle), defensive end Larry Roberts (groin), wide receiver Ron Lewis (knee) and linebacker Leroy Eteine (toe). No Bills were listed on the report.