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Vitt ready for latest battle

With Mike Martz sidelined with a heart infection, the Rams will turn to a coach used to overcoming adversity.

Updated: October 17, 2005, 11:36 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

As Mike Martz fights a serious heart infection, who better to fill in than a loyal assistant who twice beat cancer?

Rams assistant head coach Joe Vitt is East Coast tough. As a young Seahawks assistant in the mid-1980s, Vitt found out he had cancer. He fought through the treatments, kept working and temporarily won the battle. He had a less serious threat a few years later.

Those battles were easy compared with last season. His wife, Linda, was hospitalized with a life-threatening blood ...

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