Rams Pro Bowler Pace tears triceps; out for season

Updated: November 13, 2006, 2:02 AM ET
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SEATTLE -- The St. Louis Rams lost Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace for the season after he tore his left triceps Sunday against Seattle.

Orlando Pace
Pace

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.