Falcons LB Lofa Tatupu out for the season again

AP

Upon further review, signing Mike Peterson was a sign.

Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Tuesday that linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the entire season with a pectoral injury suffered in the weight room last week.

“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.