Coach Mike Ditka returned to the Chicago Bears eight days after suffering a mild heart attack and just hours after his release from the hospital, and said he wouldn't miss Sunday's game against the Redskins for anything.

Ditka on Thursday talked to his players, held a news conference and took a telephone call from President-elect George Bush. He was released from the hospital late Wednesday.Running far ahead of schedule, Ditka said he also would go with the team to Washington on Sunday.

He said his doctors approved, but added he wouldn't do much more than observe the game from the press box.