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Source: Ron Brace to be placed on IR

Updated: January 1, 2011, 2:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Barring an unexpected change, second-year New England Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace will be placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday to create a roster spot as linebacker Brandon Spikes returns from a four-game suspension, a league source told ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

Brace was listed with an elbow injury on the team's injury report this week. The Boston Herald first reported the move.

The expected loss of Brace affects the Patriots' 3-4 alignment, as he has ...

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