ST. LOUIS (AP) -Orlando Pace was placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday, ending his season after one game because of a shoulder injury.
Pace will need surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff, and should need six months to recover.
The Rams signed tackle Brandon Gorin, who made 18 starts for the Patriots between 2002-05, including the team's Super Bowl victory in 2005, and defensive tackle Louis Leonard. He'll replace defensive tackle Claude Wroten, who was suspended four weeks by the NFL for violating the league substance abuse policy.
Wroten, a third-round pick last year, had been part of the defensive line rotation. Leonard is an undrafted rookie from Fresno State who was on the San Diego Chargers' practice squad.
St. Louis also waived fullback Madison Hedgecock, a seventh-round pick in 2005 who made 16 starts. Richard Owens, a 273-pound, four-year veteran, was signed as his replacement.
Owens played in 40 games over four seasons including six starts with the Vikings, where coach Scott Linehan served as offensive coordinator from 2003-05. He was among the Vikings' final roster cuts earlier this month.
The Rams also signed cornerback Eric Bassey to the practice squad and waived cornerback Josh Lay from the practice squad. Bassey spent last year on the Bills' practice squad and was among that teams' final cuts earlier this month.

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