Ex-Bears coach Ditka on mend after heart attack
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.