Lofa Tatupu out for Atlanta Falcons season with injury

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Atlanta Falcons’ Lofa Tatupu is out for the 2012 NFL season after tearing his pectoral muscle last week (Credit: AP Photo/David Goldman)

The worst case scenario for Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu has come to fruition.

Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Tuesday that the torn pectoral muscle Lofa Tatupu suffered last week will sideline him for the entirety of the 2012 season.

“As you know, Lofa suffered a pectoral injury last week,” Smith said, according to the Falcons’ team site. “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 was out of football last year after being released by the Seattle Seahawks. On March 10, he continued his career by signing with the Atlanta Falcons. Tatupu has been plagued by a number of injuries, including a few concussion related symptoms.

The team prepared for Tatupu’s loss by signing Mike Peterson, a 14-year veteran who turned 36 last month.

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