EL SEGUNDO, CALIF., OCT. 17 -- Having traded bat for crossbow during the week-long bridge between his seasons, Bo Jackson -- author, director, father, fisherman, husband and, don't forget, superstar -- has returned to the Los Angeles Raiders with a new hobby.

"I did some hunting with a friend back out in east Alabama," Jackson said. "We went over to Georgia to hunt wild boar with our bows and arrows."

Bo knows bows and arrows? New fodder, perhaps, for another Nike commercial, and one of the subjects Jackson addressed today when he appeared before at least 50 reporters at the Raiders' training facility.

"Oh, Bo must be in town," Raiders Coach Art Shell said upon entering the crowded meeting room set up for Jackson's annual news conference. "Okay, you guys, we'll take my minute and I'll let the other guy speak."

The Kansas City Royals outfielder, once again a Raiders tailback, did speak after the team's morning session. He declined interviews Monday and during Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, which he watched in street clothes.

Jackson was talkative today, though, and obviously happy to be with a team -- the Raiders (5-1) lead the AFC West -- that is playing so well.

"On the sideline and here during meetings and practices, there's a winning attitude in the air," he said. "All of the guys are working in a positive way. The guys are a whole lot happier than they were, say, two years ago."

As usual, Jackson's arrival crowds the Raiders backfield, which already includes Marcus Allen, Greg Bell, Vance Mueller and former DeMatha High star Steve Smith. But for a change, Jackson won't be asked to carry the team out of a slump. In each of his previous three seasons, Los Angeles was no better than .500 when Jackson arrived.

It remains unclear whether Jackson will play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but with Bell, the Raiders' second-leading rusher, hampered by an ankle injury, activating Jackson has become an even more attractive option for Shell.

"He will add a lot to our football team if he's ready to play this week," said Shell, who said "there's a chance" Jackson will be used against the Chargers.

Jackson was slightly more definitive -- saying he'll play "if Sunday gets here."

When Jackson is activated, Shell must determine how to use him with Bell and Allen. In the past, Allen has been shifted to fullback, a move he opposes. For the past several days, as Jackson's arrival approached, Allen had been rumored being traded to San Francisco. But the rumors proved wrong.

"I don't see it as being crowded," Jackson said of the Raiders' backfield. "I don't think there is any static in the air. At this point right now, I'm the third-string tailback and I have accepted that. I can't make up the coaches' {minds} who they want to put in the game on Sunday."

Asked if he would be moved to fullback, Allen said, "It's not going to happen."

If Bell is put on injured reserve, which Shell said is a possibility, Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder could continue to distribute the ball equitably. In sharing the load in the first six games, Allen has gained 295 yards on 73 carries; Bell 164 yards on 47.

"There might be a couple of formations when we use them at the same time," Shell said. ". . . {Bo} will be a part of the rotation. He'll get his carries, his receptions, his blocking assignments. . . . I'm not going to compare those guys. They're both great players."