Bert Jones, one of the premier quarterbacks during his 10-year career with Baltimore and Los Angeles, is expected to announce his retirement today. Jones told the Ruston (La.) Daily Leader that a serious neck injury sustained last season has made him "physically unable to play in the future" . . .
Chances grow that Wilbur Jackson has played his last as a Redskin. No. 7 on the team's 1982 payroll ($170,200 base salary) and its No. 1 rusher in 1980 as emergency signee when John Riggins opted to sit out, Jackson said from home in Alabama yesterday (he attended minicamp here last week) he is considering retirement.
"I'm not sure, I'm still deciding," said the nine-year pro plagued by injuries in recent seasons. "If I could get some guarantees in the contract, it would help. But I know that's not the nature of the game anymore . . . Some days I feel like I'll come back and play (but) the way I look at it now, I'm low man on their totem pole" . . .
ABC Sports lists Redskins-Dolphins, Friday night, Aug. 19, RFK Stadium, as one of its three NFL preseason games (also, Hall of Fame game, Steelers-Saints, July 30, Sonny Jurgensen-Bobby Mitchell induction day; Steelers-Giants, Aug. 12) . . . RFK's/Starplex's general manager, Bob Sigholtz, comes in for honors Friday in Philadelphia. A whole column in the Inquirer relates that Sigholtz will be cited as man of the year among alumni of old Brown Prep, a stop between West Philadelphia H.S., for whom Sigholtz ('41) played tackle and beat West Catholic with a field goal in the city championship, and his future, which turned out to be the military and a term as Georgetown athletic director . . .
A grand jury in D.C. Superior Court has refused to indict Buddy Hardeman, Federals running back charged with assaulting a District police officer March 10 outside a 19th Street NW bar where teammates had a prewedding party for Craig James. Hardeman emerged bleeding and bruised after the encounter; lately has been out of USFL action otherwise injured . . . Federals linebacker Jeff McIntyre played at Oakland Monday night--on, it develops, a cracked bone in his right foot. He'll play no more for four weeks . . .
The Los Angeles Rams have called a "major" news conference for this afternoon at Anaheim Stadium and the South Bay Daily Breeze reported in its Thursday editions that quarterback Bert Jones will announce his retirement at that time. Jones suffered a back injury early in the 1982 season and spent most of the year on the injured reserve list.
Another big name for Houston? Reports from Buffalo have Bills running back Joe Cribbs, still dissatisfied (but contracted for 1983), wanting to play for the USFL franchise set for the Texas metropolis--where his agent, Jerry Argovitz, might be an owner. But the Stallions say ex-Auburn Tiger Cribbs' place, if any, in USFL is Birmingham; they don't plan to trade territorial rights . . .