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Saints LB coach Joe Vitt Tears Achilles, Breaks Wrist after Chasing Car Thieves

As first reported by Canal Street Chronicles' Dave Cariello, Saints LB coach Joe Vitt is recovering from injuries sustained early Saturday morning while chasing away scum-of-the-earth thieves trying to steal his and a neighbor's cars.

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Dave heard it first from a source and it was later confirmed by local and national sports news outlets. Ramon Vargas of The Advocate and Mike Triplett at ESPN.com both have articles with additional details:

New Orleans Saints linebackers coach Joe Vitt played some defense of his own outside his Metairie home on Saturday morning, chasing away a man and woman who were attempting to steal his car and a neighbor's car.

Vitt's efforts took a toll, though. The 61-year-old suffered a torn Achilles tendon and a broken wrist after falling, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed.

Bensel added that Vitt "never missed a day of work."

The incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato. Vitt was walking through his kitchen when he noticed a shadow running across his front lawn. When he went outside to investigate, he noticed a white female with blonde hair wearing khaki shorts and gloves attempting to enter a neighbor's vehicle. Vitt then looked toward his own car and saw a white male inside the vehicle.

When they saw Vitt, they took off running, according to Fortunato. Vitt pursued them on foot for a short distance before tripping and causing injuries that required a trip to the hospital. The suspects remain at large.

Sons of bitches!

Triplett and Ramon Antonio Vargas both gave props to CSC for breaking the story...