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Falcons Vs. Buccaneers: Spencer Adkins To Start For Mike Peterson

The veteran linebacker will miss the rest of the season with a triceps tear.

In his weekly press conference, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith revealed that OLB Mike Peterson will miss the rest of the season with a triceps tear that will require surgery:

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Coach Smith says Mike Peterson has a triceps tear that needs to be surgically repaired.

Peterson, a 13-year veteran from Florida, has started 4 games for the Falcons this season, with 24 tackles and an interception.

Smith revealed that his likely replacement will be Spencer Adkins, a third-year LB from Miami:

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Coach Smith says LB Spencer Adkins will start at Mike Peterson's position Sunday.

Adkins, a sixth-round pick in 2009, has only 12 career tackles, but he's never had a chance to start on a deep Atlanta defense in his three years with the franchise.

For more news and notes on Atlanta, check out The Falcoholic.

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