NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Former NFL player and coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Ditka prepares to ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ Marketsite on November 1, 2011 in New York City. NASDAQ OMX and Wall Street Journal CMO Summit participants gathered to ring today's closing bell. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Reports: Ditka suffers minor stroke

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CHICAGO (AP) - Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has had a minor stroke, an ESPN producer said.

ESPN's Seth Markman posted on Twitter that the former Chicago Bears coach and player fell ill Friday and will not appear on the network's NFL shows this weekend.

Markman wrote that Ditka "wanted everyone to know he's ok."

Ditka did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.

He told the Chicago Tribune he was feeling "good right now and it's not a big deal." He was playing cards at a suburban country club Friday when he noticed his hands "weren't working quite right," and he then started having difficulty speaking.

The 73-year-old Ditka had a heart attack during the 1988 season when he was coaching the Bears.

The stroke came on the same day that a Lake County prosecutor said in court that Ditka's son, Mark E. Ditka, tested positive for opiates during a pretrial screening earlier this month, according to the Tribune. The younger Ditka is awaiting trial on his fourth DUI charge.

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