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Legendary Packers "Iron Man" has Parkinson's

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Packers great Forrest Gregg, a man celebrated for his durability on the field, is facing a difficult challenge off it.

Nicknamed "Iron Man" for playing in a then-record 188 consecutive games during his Hall of Fame career, Gregg told the Associated Press he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Although the cause of the debilitating neurological disorder is unknown, Gregg, his family and his neurologist say his disease may be related to numerous concussions he suffered during his career in the 1950s at SMU and as a tackle from 1956-71 with the Packers and Cowboys.

Gregg, 78, was diagnosed last month. His symptoms include hand tremors, a stooped posture, shortened stride and softened voice. "I'd like to stop it there if I could," he said.

Gregg said he wanted to go public to promote understanding of the disease and push for more research.

VICK AILING: Michael Vick did not practice because of broken ribs, and it's uncertain whether the struggling quarterback will play when the Eagles visit the Giants on Sunday night.

SHOOTING SCARE: Giants receiver Victor Cruz said he quickly got under a table and stayed down after hearing gunshots at a New York City supper club while celebrating his birthday with teammate Chris Canty and friends. Cruz and Canty were scared but not hurt in the Tuesday morning incident inside the Juliet Supper Club. The shooting was not related to the party.

PACMAN TRIAL: A trial for Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones in Cincinnati is expected to get pushed back. He's charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for a July incident.

BEARS: Safety Winston Venable signed, and safety Anthony Walters went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

BILLS: Stevie Johnson is concerned about his injured left shoulder, leaving the top receiver's status uncertain for Sunday.

BROWNS: Running back Montario Hardesty, who has missed two games after tearing a muscle in his right calf, tested the calf by running outside the practice facility and might play Sunday.

CARDINALS: Quarterback Kevin Kolb tested his injured right foot with some football moves for the first time since he was hurt three games ago. … Tight end Steve Skelton, younger brother of quarterback John Skelton, was signed to the practice squad.

CHARGERS: Pro Bowl left guard Kris Dielman went on injured reserve with lingering effects of a concussion sustained Oct. 23.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Matt Cassel had surgery Monday for a significant tear on his injured throwing hand. Coach Todd Haley still hopes he will be back this season.

JETS: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson was ruled out of tonight's game because of a sprained MCL in his left knee.

PANTHERS: Running back Mike Goodson (hamstring) became the team's 12th player to be placed on injured reserve.

VIKINGS: Eight-year veteran cornerback Benny Sapp was signed to help a depleted secondary.

Legendary Packers "Iron Man" has Parkinson's 11/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:43pm]
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