Rams Coach Mike Martz was hospitalized yesterday with a sinus infection, but the team expects him to coach tomorrow when St. Louis plays at the New York Giants.

Martz drove himself to the hospital, spokesman Artis Twyman said. He was expected to be released today, in time to fly with the team to New York.

"He had been complaining about his sinuses bothering him for a couple of weeks," Twyman said. "I guess it was a little bit worse today."

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

Now in his sixth season, Martz is 56-34 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 to New England, 20-17.

Just for Kicks

The Eagles signed place kicker Todd France from the practice squad to replace injured Pro Bowler David Akers, who is out with a torn hamstring.

France connected on 24 of 34 field goal attempts and all 15 of his extra point attempts in NFL Europe last spring.

The Eagles also released wide receiver Darnerien McCants, who signed with the team last month after he was cut by Washington. He had one catch for 22 yards in three games.

Ricard Questionable

Ravens fullback Alan Ricard has aggravated a calf injury and is listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Jets. Ricard missed Baltimore's first two games with an injured calf muscle.

"He pulled up with a little soreness. We'll still see if he could be available on Sunday," Ravens Coach Brian Billick said.

Lost Appeal

A Connecticut company that sued to have its season ticket privileges restored by the Patriots after a male ticket holder was caught using a women's restroom has lost its appeal. Southington, Conn.-based Yarde Metals lost its tickets after one of its guests used a women's restroom during 2002 game against Green Bay.