Patriots place LB Seau on IR with arm injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots placed
linebacker Junior Seau on injured reserve Monday after he seriously
injured his right arm in Sunday's 17-13 with over the Chicago

The 12-time Pro Bowl selection will miss the rest of the season
after coming out of a brief retirement to join the Patriots this

The Patriots didn't disclose the exact nature of Seau's arm injury, but the Boston Herald reported Monday that the linebacker's arm is likely broken.

Seau was hurt with less than nine minutes left in the second
quarter, apparently when his right arm hit the back of Cedric
Benson's foot when he tackled the Chicago running back for no gain
at the Bears 25-yard line. Seau's arm bent at an awkward angle, and
he went to the ground in obvious pain.

The 17-year veteran walked off after a few minutes, waving to
cheering fans with his left hand while a trainer held his right arm
still. Coach Bill Belichick did not say Monday whether Seau's arm
was broken, and the team gave no details of the injury.

Seau played 13 seasons with San Diego and the last three with
Miami. He announced his retirement in August and ended it four days
later. Belichick said Monday he had no more information to add to
the announcement that Seau was placed on injured reserve.

After the injury, outside linebacker Mike Vrabel moved to Seau's
inside spot and Tully Banta-Cain entered the game to play right
outside linebacker.

Belichick said Seau was "unselfish, team-oriented" and even
gave an emotional pre-game speech Sunday.

"He worked very hard to kind of change his style of play a
little bit" when he joined the Patriots, Belichick said. "He's
done a real good job for us."

Seau began the game with 69 tackles, one less than team leader
Tedy Bruschi. His tackle on Benson was his only one Sunday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.