Clipped from the STLtoday.com article:
Rams coach Mike Martz will take at least a six-week leave of absence while he is treated for a bacterial infection of a heart valve, according to Post-Dispatch football writer Jim Thomas.
In an e-mail to local media at 3:45 p.m., the Rams confirmed with a statement by team president John Shaw that Martz "will be unable to perform his head coaching responsibilities for an indefinite period of time."
Assistant head coach Joe Vitt will be the interim head coach of the Rams during Martz's absence.
"Head Coach Mike Martz advised us today that after he met with his consulting physician, his physical condition has worsened and he will be readmitted to the hospital later this afternoon. As a result of his condition, he will be unable to perform his head coaching responsibilities for an indefinite period of time.
"After consulting with Mike, we have all agreed that Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt will be the Interim Head Coach of the Rams during Mike's absence."