Ex-Bears coach Ditka on mend af­ter heart at­tack

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Hall of Fame tight end and for­mer Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is re­cov­er­ing from a mild heart at­tack.

Steve Man­dell, Ditka’s agent, told ESPN on Satur­day that doc­tors in­serted a pace­maker but said Ditka “is do­ing much bet­ter,” and the iconic coach “ap­pre­ci­ates the outpouring of sup­port and ex­pects to be home soon.”

The Bears wished Ditka “a speedy re­cov­ery” on Twit­ter.

Ditka, 79, played 12 sea­sons in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl five times. He fin­ished with 427 re­cep­tions for 5,812 yards and 43 touch­downs but might be best known for his coach­ing ca­reer. He led the Bears and the New Or­leans Saints, fin­ish­ing with a 121-95 record in 14 years, in­clud­ing a Su­per Bowl ti­tle with Chicago af­ter the 1985 sea­son. de­fender and raised two fin­gers at him — a ges­ture he has done pre­vi­ously with­out be­ing fined. He was as­sessed a 15-yard penalty for taunt­ing. … Safety Eric Mur­ray was docked $26,739 for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness dur­ing the open­ing drive of the game.

Ben­gals: Wide re­ceiver A.J Green (toe) likely will miss his third straight game af­ter be­ing down­graded to doubt­ful af­ter Satur­day’s prac­tice. Also now doubt­ful head­ing into Sun­day’s game ver­sus Cleve­land is start­ing corner­back Dre Kirk­patrick (shoul­der). 49ers: Wide re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win is doubt­ful to play Sun­day at Tampa Bay, hav­ing been ex­cused to han­dle a per­sonal mat­ter. San Fran­cisco (2-8) also pro­moted run­ning back Jeff Wil­son Jr. from the prac­tice squad to the ac­tive ros­ter while waiv­ing quar­ter­back Tom Sav­age.

Pack­ers: Green Bay placed Nick Perry on in­jured re­serve with a knee in­jury, end­ing the vet­eran out­side line­backer’s sea­son. Rookie de­fen­sive end James Looney, a sev­en­thround pick out of Cal­i­for­nia, was signed from the prac­tice squad to take Perry’s spot on the ros­ter ahead of the road game Sun­day against the Min­nesota Vik­ings.

Bron­cos: Safety Justin Sim­mons was fined $53,482 for a hel­met-to­hel­met hit on a de­fense­less re­ceiver in a 23-22 win over the Charg­ers last week.

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