The season is over for yet another Seahawks starter. Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu was placed on injured reserve Thursday as he had surgery to repair a torn left pec muscle. The linebacker had the surgery in Alabama by Dr.James Andrews. The defensive captain was injured in the first half of Seattle’s loss to Arizona on October 18th. He was hit high by teammate Deon Grant as both tried to make a tackle.
Tatupu did not miss a game in his first 3 1/2 seasons in the NFL. He’s played following concussions, a swollen knee, a strained groin, a broken thumb and, earlier this season, a strained hamstring that cost him a start. Tatupu will be replaced in the lineup this Sunday by David Hawthorne, an undrafted free agent making only his second career start.
Reports are the roster spot for Tatupu will go to cornerback Marcus Trufant, who will come off the physically-unable-to-perform list Saturday. Trufant, a Pro Bowl selection in 2007, hasn’t played since December 28th because of a disk issue in his back.