Lofa Tatupu Injury: Linebacker To Miss 2012 Season For Falcons

SEATTLE WA - DECEMBER 05: Linebacker Lofa Tatupu #51 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with Jay Richardson #99 and Craig Terrill #93 after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field on December 5 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 31-14. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu is out for the 2012 season because of a torn pectoral muscle. Tatupu also missed the 2011 season due to injury.

Unfortunate news was broken on Tuesday at Falcons camp, when head coach Mike Smith said that linebacker Lofa Tatupu will likely miss the entire 2012 season due to a pectoral injury sustained on Friday. The official report was posted on the Falcons' official website.

As you know, Lofa suffered a pectoral injury last week, 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 missed all of last season with an injury as well. Through his career, six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Tatupu recorded 408 solo tackles, 10 interceptions and eight and one-half sacks. He also was good in pass coverage, getting credit for 39 passes defended.

With his injury the Falcons are going to have to scramble and see if there are linebackers available to help replace Tatupu. The Falcons were hoping that Tatupu was going to be a key contributor on the defense this season.

For more on the Atlanta Falcons be sure to check out The Falcoholic. For more news and notes from around the NFL head over to SB Nation's NFL page.

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