PRECEDE BRANDON, Manitoba
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Former Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich, who suffered a serious knee injury Friday in Canada, has returned to California to be examined and likely undergo surgery, his agent said Monday.
″Todd is going to see Dr. (Frank) Jobe and Dr. (Robert) Kerlan,″ said Tom Condon from his office in Kansas City. ″He’s in California now.″
Jobe and Kerlan are known for their work with athletes at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in suburban Inglewood.
Marinovich, 25, was injured on his first day of training camp with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. Condon expressed surprise at a report out of Brandon, Manitoba saying the Blue Bombers expected Marinovich to undergo surgery Monday but couldn’t find him.
″I don’t believe they were expecting that. There must have been a miscommunication,″ Condon said. ″He flew back to California.″
The Blue Bombers, who signed Marinovich to a one-year contract, placed him on the suspended list. It’s believed Marinovich tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Marinovich was the starting quarterback at Southern Cal in 1989 and 1990, but had problems with former Trojans coach Larry Smith. He was arrested Jan. 20, 1991, and charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana.
Marinovich attended a drug diversion program, and charges were subsequently dropped.
Later, he decided to pass up his final two years of collegiate eligibility and was a first-round draft choice of the Raiders in 1991, the 24th overall selection.
After sitting on the bench for most of his rookie season, he started the Raiders’ final regular-season game and a playoff game, both against the Kansas City Chiefs, and showed promise.
Marinovich replaced Jay Schroeder as the starting quarterback after two games of the 1992 season, then lost the job back to Schroeder late in the year.
Marinovich was released by the Raiders shortly before the start of the 1993 season.