Upon further review, signing Mike Peterson was a sign.
“As you know, Lofa suffered a pectoral injury last week,” Smith said, via the Falcons’ official website. “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 year, amid suspicions he was breaking down physically after knee problems and a string of concussions with Seattle.
He was expected to compete for a starting job with Akeem Dent, but Dent will likely make that one his own, allowing them to use Peterson as a backup as they did last year.
Tatupu signed a two-year deal with a $600,000 signing bonus, which was a significant guarantee for a guy who didn’t play the year before.