Sheldon Souray (44) of the Oilers was put on injured reserve Wednesday. ((Chris O'Meara/Associated Press))

The Edmonton Oilers placed defenceman Sheldon Souray on the injured reserve list Wednesday because of a left shoulder injury.

Souray, who was shelved for 27 games earlier this season, reinjured the shoulder in last Thursday's 4-3 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers.

He played only seven minutes 26 seconds before departing for the dressing room.

Souray nursed the injury over the NHL all-star break, but he was forced to leave Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks in the first period, and did not return.

"I got through those games, then boom, it just flares up again," he said.

Souray suffered the original injury — a second-degree sprain — in a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks last Oct. 13.

The native of Elk Point, Alta., has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 26 games with Edmonton, which inked him to a five-year, $27 million US contract last July 12.

Souray has totalled 69 goals and 196 points in 532 games over nine NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and Oilers.

He was drafted in the third round (71st overall) by New Jersey in 1994.

With files from the Canadian Press