SEATTLE WA - DECEMBER 05: Linebacker Lofa Tatupu #51 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with Jay Richardson #99 and Craig Terrill #93 after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field on December 5 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 31-14. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Lofa Tatupu Suffers Pectoral Injury; Falcons Terminate Contract

Lofa Tatupu is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. This will be the second straight NFL season that the linebacker will miss.

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Falcons Release Lofa Tatupu After Season-Ending Injury

The Falcons' brief tenure as Lofa Tatupu's employer lasted just more than four months, with Atlanta releasing the former Seahawks linebacker Wednesday after signing him in March. Tatupu sustained a season-ending shoulder injury during a recent workout and, rather than place him on the physically unable to perform or injured reserve list, the Falcons chose to cut ties.

Tatupu received a $600,000 signing bonus in March, but will not be owed any more of the two-year, $3.6 million deal he signed.

Tatupu chose not to play in the NFL in 2011 after being released by Seattle in July, but played in every game of the 2010 season for the Seahawks. At 29, he is five years removed from being named a first-team All-Pro after the 2007 season, and had not made the Pro Bowl since 2007 after making it in each of his first three years in the NFL.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta.

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Lofa Tatupu Done For Year With Torn Pectoral

Lofa Tatupu is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. This will be the second straight NFL season that the linebacker will miss.

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