Bo Jackson, the Kansas City Royals left fielder who joined the Los Angeles Raiders last weekend, may be activated for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, Raiders Coach Tom Flores said.
"Every day he gets better," Flores said. "We want to make sure, obviously in his situation, that he's ready to play football."
Jackson, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner as an Auburn running back, finished his 1987 baseball commitment Oct. 4.
"If he's activated, he'll play in special situations," said Flores. "He's not ready to assume a total major role. We're trying to blend him into our offense. We have some long-term plans and some short-term plans. I'd rather not comment on them now."
Jackson, who received $500,000 when he passed his football physical, could see time at both halfback and fullback. Fullback Frank Hawkins, the chief blocker for halfback Marcus Allen, is out with a triceps tear . . .
The Houston Oilers apparently are staying put following a flirtation with Jacksonville city officials, who reportedly offered a package worth $125.8 million to lure the NFL team to northern Florida. KTRK-TV of Houston reported that Oilers owner Bud Adams may announce as early as today that the team will stay.
Harris County Judge Jon Linday told KHOU-TV that the Oilers and the Houston Sports Association, which manages the Astrodome, had come to an agreement for lower rent, shared advertising and concessions revenues, and increased parking spaces.