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Rams Pro Bowler Pace tears triceps; out for season

SEATTLE -- The St. Louis Rams lost Pro Bowl left tackle
Orlando Pace for the season after he tore his left triceps Sunday against
Seattle.

Pace, who has been selected to seven consecutive Pro Bowls, left in the second quarter of the Rams' 24-22 loss to the
Seahawks, dropping them two games back in the NFC West. The Rams
announced the injury at halftime as a torn biceps muscle, but
afterward Pace and coach Scott Linehan said he tore his triceps.
Pace's arm was wrapped and immobilized and he said he'll have an MRI
on Monday.

Linehan ruled Pace out for the year.

"I didn't see it," Linehan said. "I saw him go down on the play. Sometimes on that you reach out and the guy hits it just right. I have to watch the tape to tell you exactly what happened."

The irony was Pace was injured while blocking former Rams teammate and friend, Grant Wistrom, with about five minutes remaining in
the first half. After a 7-yard pass, he held his limp left arm at
his side and called for trainers to assist him off the field.

"I felt something snap a little bit," Pace said. "I thought
my elbow might have been dislocated or something like that, but
when I got to the sideline, they told me it was a torn triceps."

After a couple of minutes on the bench, Pace walked into the
locker room while a trainer held his arm at the elbow.

"That's a big loss for us," Rams defensive end Leonard Little said. "Orlando Pace is one of the best players we have on this team. Losing him makes it more difficult for us. But we have some reliable backups. They can play, too."

Said halfback Steven Jackson, "You hate for your franchise guy to go down, but at the same time this is when a guy can make a name for himself and possibly get a position on this team."

Sunday was Pace's 143rd game for the Rams in his 10-year career.
Adam Goldberg, a fourth-year veteran, replaced him.

"Sometimes on that, you reach out and the guy hits it just
right," Linehan said.

Cornerback Travis Fisher left in the second half with a right
forearm injury and did not return. Fisher said X-rays were
inconclusive and he'd be further examined Monday.

The fifth-year cornerback said he was hurt tackling Seattle
fullback Mack Strong.

"It was just a collision, a body-to-body collision," Fisher
said.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and The Associated Press were used in this report.