Raiders managing general partner Al Davis heeded the warnings of his physicians and did not make the trip to Tampa for today's game against the Bucs, Raiders executive John Herrera confirmed.
Davis, Herrera said, contemplated a private flight, but doctors didn't want him to impede his recovery from swelling in his right knee and ankle.
"The doctors told him it's probably not the best thing to spend 10 or 12 hours in the air," Herrera said, referring to the round trip.
Herrera says the only time Davis missed a game was when his wife, Carole, was hospitalized in 1979 after a heart attack. Davis moved into the hospital for more than two weeks.
Other than that, Davis is not thought to have missed a Raiders games since joining the organization in 1963.
After a Dec. 4 game at San Diego, Davis had a brief hospital stay for what team officials said was a fall. He attended games Dec. 14 and 21, arriving in a medical van and using a wheelchair.
"I can't emphasize this enough: He's feeling good," Herrera said. "He wanted to make the trip and expected to make the trip. … He was a little ticked off that he didn't make the trip, but he knew he'd better listen to what the doctor said."