Raiders managing general partner Al Davis will not make the trip to Tampa to see his Oakland Raiders take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This will be the first time since 1979 that Davis hasn't been in attendance to see his team play.
Doctors advised Davis from traveling cross-country to the game as he is suffering swelling in his knee and ankle. He was hospitalized earlier this month after falling but would attend following Raiders' games in a wheelchair.
It is believed to be only the second time Davis has ever missed games since joining the Raiders in 1963. In 1979, he missed two games after his wife suffered a heart attack. Davis moved into her hospital room for two weeks while she was in a coma.
If Davis had his way, he'd be at the game. Everyone says he's feeling fine and had planned on making the trip to Tampa.
Al Davis Will Miss His First Raiders Game Since 1979 originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Sun, 28 Dec 2008 10:16:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.