Bears will be well represented at funeral for Urlacher's mother

The Chicago Bears will send a contingent of representatives to Lovington, N.M., on Saturday to attend the funeral of Lavoyda Lenard, the mother of middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who died Monday.

Coach Lovie Smith, chairman George McCaskey, president Ted Phillips, general manager Jerry Angelo, linebackers coach Bob Babich and linebacker Lance Briggs will attend the private service, which begins at 10 a.m.

"Brian is family,'' Smith said, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "We see it like a family member passed away. So of course we're going to be there. The Bears will be represented well. We want to be there to show our support and help Brian as much as we can through a tough time.''

Urlacher returned to practice Thursday and is expected to practice today before traveling back to New Mexico.

"You know that being in a profession, you have to have plans for deaths that happen through the course of the year,” Smith said. “And our plan is pretty simple: We put football on the back burner. We let that person do everything he needs to do. It's not talk with us when we say family comes first. That's exactly how we do it around here.''

Urlacher will play in Sunday's game at New Orleans.

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