Smith Says LB Lofa Tatupu Will Miss Entire Season

Smith Says LB Lofa Tatupu Will Miss Entire Season

Jay Adams

Published July 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

During the weekend, head coach Mike Smith announced that linebacker Lofa Tatupu suffered a pectoral injury during a recent workout.

On Tuesday came more bad news, as Smith announced Tatupu’s season is over.

“As you know, Lofa suffered a pectoral injury last week,” Smith said. “After further testing, it was determined that he would require a procedure to repair the injury and unfortunately he will miss the entire season.”

Tatupu, signed by the Falcons during the free agency period in March, was expected to come into 2012 Russell Athletic Atlanta Falcons Training Camp, beginning this week, and compete with second-year LB Akeem Dent for the starting middle linebacker spot. A three-time Pro Bowler who has a trip to the Super Bowl with the Seahawks under his belt, Tatupu was looking to put together a comeback after spending all of last year out of the game with an injury.

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