Falcons LB Brooking could miss up to six weeks

Updated: October 21, 2003, 3:34 PM ET

FLOWERY BRANCH, Georgia - Keith Brooking is the latest in a long line of injuries for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons could be without their star inside linebacker for as long as six weeks with three fractured vertebrae in his lower back.

Although he could miss over a month, Brooking also might be sidelined for only one week. He suffered the injury during last Sunday's 45-17 loss to New Orleans Saints.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper suffered a similar injury ...

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