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    KIRKLAND, Wash. -- St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said the infection that hospitalized him late last week involves his heart and is getting worse.

    He said he expects to miss practice the next two days.

    "I haven't been feeling good for four or five weeks and there is some type of infection in my body that has gotten worse," Martz said during a conference call with Seattle reporters. "They think they've identified what it is."

    Martz. 54, said doctors believe he has endocarditis, a bacterial infection of the heart's inner lining or the heart valve. Martz will be undergoing a series of blood cultures over the next week to confirm that is the infection. If caught early, treatment is done through a series of antibiotics taken over a long period of time, Martz said.

    Martz was hospitalized Friday with what doctors believed was a sinus infection. He was released on Saturday and coached the Rams in their 44-24 loss to the New York Giants. Martz said he would continue to do some scripting and game planning in the morning the next few days, but planned to go home before practice begins.

    Joe Vitt, the assistant head coach and linebackers coach, ran practice last week in Martz's absence.

    "This is something that if you let it go, it could become a real issue," Martz said. "They feel very confident that's what it is, but they have to confirm it."

    Earlier this year, Martz underwent back surgery, and said fatigue has been the most noticeable symptom of the infection.

    "I can't explain to you the fatigue," Martz said. "You feel really good and then in the course of a couple hours you hit rock bottom."

    Martz joined the Rams as offensive coordinator in 1999, and his high-powered offense led St. Louis to its first Super Bowl title that season. He became head coach following Dick Vermeil's retirement days after the Super Bowl.

    Now in his sixth season, Martz is 56-35 including the postseason. The Rams have missed the playoffs just once in his tenure (2002) and reached the Super Bowl after the 2001 season, losing 20-17 to New England.

    The Rams (2-2) are tied with Seattle for first place in the NFC West. Coincidentally, Seattle defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes missed Seattle's season opener in Jacksonville after suffering a mild stroke and did not fully return to his duties until last week.

    "I'm going to be very careful with this," Martz said.[/b][/quote]
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  • #2
    That's serious stuff when it comes to the heart.

    I've bashed him quite a bit over the last couple of years, but I hope he makes quick recovery.
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    • #3
      QUOTE(JWB @ Oct 5 2005, 02:23 PM) Quoted post

      That's serious stuff when it comes to the heart.

      I've bashed him quite a bit over the last couple of years, but I hope he makes quick recovery.
      [/b][/quote]

      Me too. I can't stand him as a coach, but that doesn't mean I want to see bad stuff healthwise happen to him.

      Hope he's ok.
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      • #4
        I wish him the very best and speedy recovery possible.

        Endocarditis rarely effects those with healthy hearts, does Mike have a history of Heart Disease?
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        • #5
          Isnt this similar to what Cal Eldred had?
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          • #6
            I hope he's OK, but I'm seriously interested in the thought of him sitting a week or two out.....
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            • #7
              QUOTE(JWB @ Oct 5 2005, 03:23 PM) Quoted post

              That's serious stuff when it comes to the heart.

              I've bashed him quite a bit over the last couple of years, but I hope it forces him to be demoted to offensive coordinator.
              [/b][/quote]
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              • #8
                As upset as I am about his gametime coaching, reassignment to offensive coordinator is enough for me (knowing that couldn't really work). So I hope for a speedy Martz recovery.
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                • #9
                  QUOTE(Ohio Blues @ Oct 5 2005, 03:25 PM) Quoted post

                  QUOTE(JWB @ Oct 5 2005, 03:23 PM) Quoted post

                  That's serious stuff when it comes to the heart.

                  I've bashed him quite a bit over the last couple of years, but I hope it forces him to be demoted to offensive coordinator.
                  [/b][/quote]
                  Fixed
                  [/b][/quote]

                  Damnit you scooped me.

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                  • #10
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                    Martz. 54, said doctors believe he has endocarditis[/b][/quote]

                    They'll fix that.

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                    • #11
                      apparently during his illness, he was running a high fever.

                      This caused hallucinations, which led to him blurting out things like "let's run an reverse on the 6 yard line" and "Saipaia can play TE"
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                      • #12
                        Mike,

                        Some advice ... retire. Health is nothing to mess with.

                        Speedy Recovery,

                        All Real Rams Fans

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                        • #13
                          from Bernie

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                          sorry I'm slow to report on this, but I'm at Busch Stadium today, tending to off-day interviews in preparation of writing for tomorrow's column.

                          Here's the deal on Martz:

                          First, a statement from him:

                          “I have been ill for four or five weeks. Our medical staff is in the process of evaluating a number of diagnostic tests to determine the cause. Dr. (Doug) Pogue suspects a bacterial infection of a heart valve called endocarditis. This can’t be confirmed for a number of days until a series of blood tests are concluded. Diagnosed early, this can be treated through a lengthy series of antibiotics with full recovery.

                          “However, this infection causes a great deal of fatigue and is somewhat debilitating. Consequently, I will limit my work day as much as possible until I can start to recover. I will not be at practice Wednesday or Thursday. Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt will act on my behalf when I am unavailable.”

                          As of right now, Martz definitely plans to coach vs. Seattle on Sunday....that is his intention.... I also know the doctors are warning him to take this seriously -- they've been on his case for a few weeks, telling him he needs more rest. But Martz works 18-hour days (at least). I think he's sufficiently worried now.

                          I know a lot of people in town hate this guy because he doesn't coach in a way that pleases them, but I hope he gets well, because he's a good guy with a family who loves him.

                          --B[/b][/quote]
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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(ElviswasaBluesFan @ Oct 5 2005, 04:19 PM) Quoted post

                            from Bernie

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                            sorry I'm slow to report on this, but I'm at Busch Stadium today, tending to off-day interviews in preparation of writing for tomorrow's column.

                            Here's the deal on Martz:

                            First, a statement from him:

                            “I have been ill for four or five weeks. Our medical staff is in the process of evaluating a number of diagnostic tests to determine the cause. Dr. (Doug) Pogue suspects a bacterial infection of a heart valve called endocarditis. This can’t be confirmed for a number of days until a series of blood tests are concluded. Diagnosed early, this can be treated through a lengthy series of antibiotics with full recovery.

                            “However, this infection causes a great deal of fatigue and is somewhat debilitating. Consequently, I will limit my work day as much as possible until I can start to recover. I will not be at practice Wednesday or Thursday. Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt will act on my behalf when I am unavailable.”

                            As of right now, Martz definitely plans to coach vs. Seattle on Sunday....that is his intention.... I also know the doctors are warning him to take this seriously -- they've been on his case for a few weeks, telling him he needs more rest. But Martz works 18-hour days (at least). I think he's sufficiently worried now.

                            I know a lot of people in town hate this guy because he doesn't coach worth a shit at game time, but I hope he gets well, because he's a good guy with a family who loves him.

                            --B[/b][/quote]
                            [/b][/quote]

                            I noticed a typo
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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(ElviswasaBluesFan @ Oct 5 2005, 03:19 PM) Quoted post

                              from Bernie

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                              sorry I'm slow to report on this, but I'm at Busch Stadium today, tending to off-day interviews in preparation of writing for tomorrow's column.

                              I'm a fat fuck.

                              --B[/b][/quote]
                              [/b][/quote]


                              fixed.
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