Bo talks only baseball until the season is over Raiders don't know if he plans to play

September 25, 1991

A spokesman for Bo Jackson's doctor said yesterday that no decision has been made concerning the two-sport star's immediate football future and that one won't be made until after the baseball season.

"Bo has said from early on that while baseball season is on, he's going to concentrate on baseball," said Lanier Johnson, a spokesman for Dr. James R. Andrews and Alabama Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Ala. "When football season gets here, he'll deal with football."

Jackson, a designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox, suffered a severe hip injury while playing for the Los Angeles Raiders in a playoff game on Jan. 13.

His football future became a hot topic yesterday, when the Atlanta Braves announced that outfielder Deion Sanders would return to the team during the pennant race while he remained a defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons.

The second-place White Sox are long shots in the American League West. They trail the Minnesota Twins by nine games with 11 left for both teams. Should the Twins win the division, Jackson would be finished with baseball Oct. 6.

The Raiders could have used a healthy Jackson at Atlanta on Sunday. With starting tailback Marcus Allen sidelined because of a knee injury, Roger Craig has carried the load, and Craig had to come out of the game because of an injured shoulder. Marcus Wilson made his NFL debut and gained 21 yards on six carries in a game the Raiders lost, 21-17.

Craig is expected to be able to play this week, and both rookie Nick Bell and veteran Vance Mueller, who have been on injured reserve, are eligible to come off. Coach Art Shell said Monday that Bell and Mueller are ready to play.

* BROWNS: Coach Bill Belichick and wide receiver Reggie Langhorne met to resolve their differences, according to sources.

Langhorne's agent, Vern Sharbaugh, said he thought his client would return to practice today. It was learned that Langhorne was fined $15,000 by Belichick, or about half of a week's paycheck, for refusing to run plays with the scout team at practice last Thursday.

* PACKERS: The club's deadline for trading linebacker Tim Harris passed yesterday without any deal, and personnel officials from other NFL teams said Harris' long holdout wasn't helping his chances of catching on elsewhere.

The Milwaukee Sentinel quoted one unnamed personnel director as saying Harris' "excess baggage" includes a drop-off in production last season, his on-field crowd-pleasing antics and the long contract holdout this year.

* Former NFL referee Ben Drieth told the House Select Committee on Aging that he was demoted by the league when he refused to retire at age 60.

Drieth said when he turned 60, the NFL tried to get him to retire, and when he refused, demoted him to being a line judge. Going from referee to line judge, Drieth said, is like going from "the penthouse to the cellar."

Drieth successfully appealed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file a discrimination suit on his behalf. That case is pending.

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