Bo's back, and just in time.
Bo Jackson reported to the Los Angeles Raiders Wednesday, and he'll probably play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.The two-sport star had a big year for the Kansas City Royals, hitting 32 home runs and driving in 105 runs to go with a .258 batting average. The most valuable player in the All-Star game, he took 10 days off before reporting to the Raiders for his third NFL season.
The availability of Jackson comes at a perfect time for the Raiders - he reported just two days after starting Los Angeles tailback Marcus Allen went down with a knee injury during the team's 14-7 victory over the New York Jets in Art Shell's debut as head coach.
"Bo Jackson will be available (for reporters) tomorrow; today he's here in meetings, getting ready to play football," Shell said shortly after Jackson reported to the team.
Asked if Jackson would play against the Chiefs, Shell said, "We don't know that right know. I don't want to make a prediction as to how many times he'll carry the ball if he plays this week.
"He hasn't had training camp. We'll watch Bo in practice, he'll help us decide. We won't in any way try to force him. We're not in any way going to make him the focal point in this game. If he does play, it'll be a limited situation for him."
Shell said Vance Mueller will start at tailback against the Chiefs, and that Allen might go on the injured reserve list, which would mean he'd miss a minimum of six games.
"Yes, he's a candidate (for injured reserve)," Shell said of Allen. "He has a slight tear in the knee. We'll make that decision toward the end of the week. I don't know right now.
"This team understands that when something happens (like Allen's injury), it's like a wound. Other parts of the body start taking over."
Allen's injury solves, at least for the time being, a possible dilemma for the Raiders. Allen moved to fullback to allow Jackson to play tailback last season but said recently he was opposed to such a move this year.
Jackson, 26, played in seven games for the Raiders as a rookie in 1987.