Falcons' Lofa Tatupu to miss season with injury

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the upcoming season because of a torn pectoral muscle, a team source told ESPN.com.


Tatupu signed with the Falcons in March to a two-year deal with a maximum value of $5.75 million, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported, after missing the entire 2011 campaign and being cut by the Seattle Seahawks prior to the start of the season.

The 29-year-old played a key role in Seattle’s trip to the Super Bowl during his rookie season of 2005, but his career has been slowed by a slew of injuries, including a previous pectoral muscle tear that cost him most of the 2009 season.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Tatupu last played a full 16-game slate in 2010 but recorded just 88 tackles -- his fewest in a full season. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, he had surgery on both knees.


RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks have officially announced their agreement on a multi-year deal with defensive end Chris Clemons, who was due to become a free agent at the end of the 2012 season.

The Seahawks announced the deal Tuesday afternoon, although terms were not released. Clemons’ agent, Donal Henderson, first confirmed the sides had agreed to a new contract on Monday night.

Clemons’ new deal erases the question of whether the defensive end would hold out from the start of training camp after he skipped Seattle’s mandatory minicamp in June. Clemons has recorded 11 sacks in each of the last two seasons.

Seattle general manager John Schneider said in a statement that the team is pleased to reward someone who has been a “consistent difference maker since we acquired him.”


The Pittsburgh Steelers have ended at least one contract distraction before training camp starts.

The team and coach Mike Tomlin agreed to an extension on Tuesday that will keep him on the sideline through at least 2016. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tomlin’s previous deal expired at the end of the 2013 season.

The 40-year-old Tomlin, a surprise choice to replace Bill Cowher following the 2006 season, is 55-25 with the Steelers, winning three AFC North titles, two AFC championships and the 2009 Super Bowl.

“Mike is one of the top head coaches in the National Football League and we are thrilled he will continue to lead our team as we pursue another Super Bowl title,” team president Art Rooney said in a statement.


Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon pleaded guilty Tuesday to drunken driving in Oklahoma last month and was given a sentence that includes no jail time for the former Oklahoma State star.



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