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Akeem Dent Returns to Contact Practice, Set to Start Friday

The Falcons second-year middle linebacker Akeem Dent was cleared to return to contact practice Sunday. Dent suffered a concussion in the first preseason game versus the Baltimore Ravens on a special teams play. He will start Friday when the Falcons visit the Miami Dolphins.

Abiding by the league’s strict protocol in dealing with concussions, Dent was held out the second preseason game versus the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday.

Dent was moved to first on the depth chart after Lofa Tatupu suffered a pectoral injury, effectively ending his season. The Falcons are looking to replace the middle linebacker void left by Curtis Lofton, who opted to become the New Orleans Saints’ middle linebacker.

Because he’s only a second-year player and a first-year starter, Dent needs all the reps he can get. The concussion undoubtedly set him back again; expect to see him on the field a lot in the next two preseason games.

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Falcons Release Lofa Tatupu

The Falcons have released linebacker Lofa Tatupu after his season-ending pectoral injury.

This move had to be done; the Falcons would’ve owed Tatupu an additional $750,000 had he remained on the roster.

It’s unfortunate for Tatupu after he tried to make a comeback after sitting out last year. The injury not only ends Tatupu’s season, but it could mean the end for his career as well.

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Linebacker Lofa Tatupu Out For Season

The Falcons have announced middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu is out for the season after suffering a pectoral injury in the weight room last week.

After sitting out last season, Tatupu considered retirement before the Falcons signed him to a two-year, $3.6 million deal in March. He was to compete with Akeem Dent for the open middle linebacker spot vacated by Curtis Lofton.

The Falcons brought back veteran linebacker Mike Peterson to offset the loss of Tatupu.

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Falcons Bring Back Linebacker Mike Peterson

The Falcons have signed veteran linebacker Mike Peterson.

After Lofa Tatupu’s pectoral injury, Peterson was the likely free agent for the Falcons to sign. Like last year, Peterson will be in a reserve role; he will serve as the backup middle linebacker to Akeem Dent.

In 2011, Peterson appeared in 15 games and started five. He notched 27 tackles and an interception. Over his 13-year career, Peterson has amassed 1,611 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 19 interceptions, nine forced fumbles, and nine fumble recoveries.

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Lofa Tatupu Suffers Pectoral Injury, Likely to Miss Start of Camp

Falcons middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu suffered a serious pectoral injury in the weight room this past Thursday. The Falcons start training camp this upcoming Thursday; barring a miracle, Tatupu is unlikely to participate.

Tatupu was expected to compete with second-year player Akeem Dent for the starting middle linebacker job, a spot left open after Curtis Lofton signed with the New Orleans Saints in free agency. The Falcons signed Tatupu to a two-year, $3.6 million contract after Tatupu was out of football last year.

The Falcons may look to sign another linebacker.

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All Quiet on the Falcon Front

The Atlanta Falcons have been extremely quiet this free agency period. They have signed guard Vince Manuwai and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, respectively. In addition to these signings, they have brought back rotational defensive end Kroy Biermann, starting free safety Thomas DeCoud, slot receiver Harry Douglas, backup quarterback Chris Redman, backup running back Jason Snelling, and rotational defensive tackle Vance Walker.

They put the franchise tag on Brent Grimes (which he has no plans to sign). Backup tight end Michael Palmer and backup running back Antone Smith were also signed.

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So Long, Curtis Lofton

The signing of Lofa Tatupu can only mean the Falcons are allowing Curtis Lofton to walk.  With the recent extensions of D’Qwell Jackson and Ahmad Brooks, it pretty much spelled the writing on the wall for the Falcons and Lofton to part ways.  Lofton would demand more than the Falcons cared to pay, especially with speculation of him being a two-down linebacker.

The contract is a two-year deal with a maximum value of $5.75 million.

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