McNabb not a homebody

CHICAGO -- For Donovan McNabb, coming home can come with a lot of headaches.

The Dolton native and Mt. Carmel grad still has his parents, Sam and Wilma, in the area, but admits coming home isn't all it's cracked up to be. McNabb has more distractions than usual, from getting extra tickets for family and friends to making his rounds to see old acquaintances.

"Sometimes it's a hassle," Donovan McNabb said Sunday after the Eagles' 19-9 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field. "There are different distractions that try and pull you away from things. My family did a great job with trying to leave some of that out of it. When it was time to focus, they gave me time to focus.

"We had some fun at dinner and getting a chance to talk was really nice, but when it was time for meetings and time for rest, I was able to get focused."

McNabb's mom puts out a spread for the entire Philadelphia team when it visits Chicago. And it's not the Campbell's Chunky Soup that she pushes on Donovan in their newest commercials together.

Bye, bye: With injuries decimating both sides of the ball, a week off will do the Bears some good. It will provide Jonathan Quinn an extra week to get some more reps at quarterback. It also could be the return of All-Pro kick returner Jerry Azumah (neck surgery), who is badly needed in the secondary. Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) should be back when the Bears host the Redskins on Oct. 17.

"We'll get some reinforcements back after the break and then we'll put a better team out on the football field," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.


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