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Falcons LB Lofa Tatupu injured in pre-camp workout

Lofa Tatupu AP

What was supposed to be one of the competitions to watch in Falcons camp might not be much of one early.

Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Saturday, via the team’s official website, that middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu suffered a pectoral injury while working out Thursday.

“At this point, we do not know the extent of the injury, but we expect to have more information early next week,” Smith said.

The Falcons were expected to choose between Tatupu and Akeem Dent to fill the middle linebacker job vacated when Curtis Lofton went to New Orleans.

Tatupu, a former All-Pro with the Seahawks, was out of football last year, and was thought to be over the injury issues that plagued the end of his Seahawks run. The Falcons open training camp next Thursday.

(UPDATE: 12:15 p.m.) The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s terming it a “serious” injury, saying Tatupu will miss the start of camp, and will see a specialist to determine the severity of the injury.

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12 Responses to “Falcons LB Lofa Tatupu injured in pre-camp workout”
  1. gsimp00 says: Jul 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    If the injury is too serious….I see them signing Gary Brackett.

  2. bleedgreen says: Jul 21, 2012 12:04 PM

    Isn’t a pectoral what his original injury was back with the Seahawks? If so, thats no good.

  3. jacobslatter says: Jul 21, 2012 1:07 PM

    Let’s just hope he’s ready in December/January for the Super Bowl run ;) .

  4. crabboil says: Jul 21, 2012 1:13 PM

    Two words: Jimmy Graham

    I feel bad for Lofa because he used to be a baller. Oh, well. Thanks again for Lofton, Atlanta.

  5. skoobyfl says: Jul 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    Oh man, this might be it for him.

  6. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jul 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Same injury he had in Seattle. Feel sorry for the guy.

  7. rev279 says: Jul 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    I think so, but it was because of a history of injuries. When he was/is on the field Tatupu is a a beast, but even back when we drafted him the biggest concern in the league was weather an undersized MLB had the durability to last in the NFL. Sucks when it happens to such a good guy.

  8. randallflagg52 says: Jul 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    That pec injury is what killed is Seahawk career. Darn shame too because he is one heck of a player.

    If this guy was half as athletic (and healthy) as Patrick Willis, he’d be a Hall of Famer. He’s not Brian Urlacher, and he’s definitly not Ray Lewis (GOAT), but he is next to those guys the smartest LB in football. Hope he get’s better.

  9. hawkeye44 says: Jul 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    I’m sorry to heard that he has another injury! He was a hell of a player for the Seahawks I missed seeing him on the field! I hope he can get back on the field and leave on his own terms!
    GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!

  10. nolahxc says: Jul 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    I never got a chance to thank you Falcons for Curtis Lofton! Thanks guys!

  11. pakmanjones says: Jul 21, 2012 2:46 PM

    Bring Odell Thurman back to the NFL, Falcons!!!!

  12. seenoland54 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:23 AM

    “I never got a chance to thank you Falcons for Curtis Lofton! Thanks guys!”
    —————————————————
    You’re welcome! Opponents quarterback ratings just went up!

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