Atlanta Falcons LB could have "serious" injury; had worked out for New Orleans Saints

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Nov. 27, 2008; Irving, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. Dallas defeated Seattle 34-9. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Falcons will have to see if a recent injury to one of their new linebacker’s will have an effect on their roster heading into camp.

ProFootballTalk.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu has injured his pectoral muscle while lifting weights during a workout on Thursday.

This is not good news for the Falcons since they had signed Tatupu in hopes that he could fill in for departed middle linebacker Curtis Lofton who signed with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints had actually brought Lofa Tatupu in for a workout not long after their offseason started but ended up signing his former Seattle Seahawks teammate, linebacker David Hawthorne instead.  One question mark for the Saints could have been if Tatupu could stay healthy.

Ironically, Tatupu had previously torn his pectoral muscle when he was with the Seahawks in October 2009.  This caused his to miss the remainder of the season and when he returned the following season he never came back to form.

Tatupu was released by the Seahawks in July 2011 and ended up sitting out the 2011-2012 season trying to get back into shape and heal his ailing body.  He signed a two-year deal with the Falcons in March of this year worth a total of $5.75 million.

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