According to Jim Mora, Lofa Tatupu may not be out for the entire season after all. But before everyone starts to rejoice, he still suffered a serious injury that will need time to heal.
Further tests on Tatupu’s right pectoral muscle revealed that the muscles and tendons may not be detached from the bone. If that is the case, Tatupu could heal with rehabilitation instead of surgery.
If Tatupu’s injury doesn’t require season-ending surgery, he could return later in the season. In the mean time, David Hawthorne will assume Tatupu’s role as starting middle linebacker.
No timeline was given for Tatupu’s recovery and/or potential return to action. Similar injuries, however, usually require 2-6 weeks to heal.