Seau at Patriots practice, but distracted by wildfires

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Junior Seau has more to worry about
right now than Clinton Portis and the rest of the Washington
Redskins offense.

The New England Patriots linebacker is also thinking about his
hometown of San Diego, which has been ravaged by wildfires. Nearly
460,000 acres have burned in California this week, and losses in
San Diego County alone total at least $1 billion.

Seau said Thursday that at least one of his homes was damaged and
a restaurant he owns is being used as a shelter.

"It's definitely not a normal week," said Seau, whose family,
including his three children, live in San Diego.

The 18-year veteran spent his first 13 seasons with the
Chargers, earning 12 straight Pro Bowl selections. Seau has several
houses in the San Diego area.

Seau returned to San Diego on Tuesday, the Patriots' off-day
this week as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
He helped relocate his parents to a beach-front home he owns in an
area outside the danger zone.

"They're all in trouble," Seau said. "Not just my family and
friends, but the whole community. To see that on TV and to know
that everything that they're showing is familiar but unfamiliar due
to the fact that it doesn't look the same from when I left it.

"You have all the stories about your friends -- they're losing
everything. You can't really understand what is actually
transpiring daily. Lives are changing, and they're in desperate
need of help."

Seau said he turned a restaurant he owns in San Diego into a
shelter for his employees' families. About 100 people were staying

"Hopefully that can be resolved and everyone can go home and we
can start business and everything can get back [to normal]," he