The Falcons' defense took a significant blow when head coach Mike Smith announced that linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the entire season with a torn pectoral muscle.
"As you know, Lofa suffered a pectoral injury last week," Smith said on the Falcons' website. "After testing, it was determined that he would require a procedure to repair the injury and unfortunately he will miss the entire season."
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Tatupu was out of football last season after being released by the Seahawks. He has had a number of injury problems, including concussion issues that have hurt his career.
But the 29-year-old Tatupu signed to a two-year, 3.6 million contract with Atlanta in March and was expected to compete with second-year linebacker Akeem Dent for the starting middle linebacker spot, which became available when Curtis Lofton signed with New Orleans.
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