Davis skips trip to Tampa

Updated: December 29, 2008, 8:01 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

For the first time since 1979, Al Davis wasn't in the owner's box watching his Oakland Raiders play an NFL game.

Davis heeded the advice of his doctors and did not make the round-trip flight to Tampa, Fla., allowing swelling in his right knee and ankle to recover. Davis had a brief hospital stay earlier this month after a fall.

"The doctors told him it's probably not the best thing to spend 10 or 12 hours in the air," Raiders executive John Herrera said, according to the Contra ...

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