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Falcons release Lofa Tatupu

Updated: July 25, 2012, 9:27 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu was cut Wednesday, one day after the team announced he would miss the upcoming season because of a pectoral injury.

Coach Mike Smith said Tuesday tests revealed Tatupu will require season-ending surgery.

A team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Tatupu suffered a torn pectoral muscle.

The Falcons report for training camp on Wednesday. Akeem Dent, a third-round pick from Georgia in 2011, and veteran Mike Peterson, ...

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