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Police: Saints assistant Joe Vitt injured chasing burglars outside his home early Sunday



Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt required a trip to the hospital early Sunday morning after falling down while chasing off two people who were breaking into his and his neighbor’s cars in Old Metairie, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Vitt was at his home about 3:50 a.m. Sunday when he spotted a shadow moving across his front lawn, said Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. The 61-year-old coach stepped outside to investigate and discovered a blonde woman in khaki shorts and wearing gloves about to enter his neighbor’s unlocked car, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

Vitt then turned to his own car — which was unlocked as well — and noticed a man was inside of it, Fortunato said. The man and woman began running away when they noticed Vitt, and the coach ran after them until he fell to the ground and hurt himself.

Citing medical privacy laws, Fortunato declined to discuss the type of injuries sustained by Vitt, who was immediately taken to the hospital.

Vitt has been an assistant with the Saints since coach Sean Payton took over the team in 2006. He coaches the linebackers and was the team’s head coach for 10 games during the 2012 season, going 5-5 while Payton was suspended following the bounty scandal.

The Saints-dedicated blog Canal Street Chronicles was the first to report Sunday’s incident outside of Vitt’s home.