Bo Jackson's matchless career as one of the world's most celebrated athletes will make one more bid today for a medical reprieve.

Amid growing reports that a hip injury is threatening to keep him on crutches for at least nine months, Jackson was scheduled to be examined in Birmingham, Ala., by Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon.He has already been examined by Dr. Steve Joyce, team physician for the Kansas City Royals, and a team official said the two would issue a joint diagnosis.