Vitt to have procedure to address artery blockage

Updated: October 30, 2005, 11:04 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

St. Louis Rams interim head coach Joe Vitt, who has posted a 2-1 record since taking over the team from an ailing Mike Martz, will undergo an angioplasty procedure Monday morning to address some blockage in a coronary artery.

Joe Vitt
The Rams have gone 1-2 under interim head coach Joe Vitt, including two straight wins.

Vitt, 51, is only expected to miss a small amount of time and the Rams, after Sunday's 24-21 victory over Jacksonville, are entering their bye week.

Most patients who undergo angioplasty are released the same day of the procedure or, at most, spend one night in the hospital. Vitt has had the procedure scheduled for some time, planning it to coincide with the bye week. It is not known if Vitt has undergone similar procedures, or had any history of heart problems, in the past.

The Rams have won two straight under Vitt after losing at Indianapolis on Oct. 17, his first game as interim coach. Martz is sidelined by a bacterial infection in a heart valve, a condition known as endocarditis, and he announced last week that he will not coach again this season.

Vitt is in his 27th season in the league.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.