The Seattle Seahawks announced that linebacker Lofa Tatupu had successful surgery on both knees.
Team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam handled the procedure at Seattle Surgery Center.
Tatupu had been regularly taking practices off throughout the season to rest his ailing knees.
This is the second season the 28-year-old has needed surgery. His 2009 season was cut short after five games because of a torn left pectoral muscle. Tatupu had surgery to repair that issue in October 2009. David Hawthorne replaced Tatupu at middle linebacker after the 2009 injury.
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Tatupu battled through some bumps and bruises to play his first full season in three years in 2010. He suffered a concussion in Seattle’s NFC wild-card playoff win over New Orleans. Along with playing with balky knees, Tatupu also battled through a hamstring injury during training camp.
The Seahawks also announced the signing of defensive tackle Jay Alford, safety James Brindley and wide receiver Chris Carter to futures contracts..
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was engaged in a duel with Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Not on the field. Via Twitter.
Cromartie has criticized the leadership of the players’ union.
“Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for,” Hasselbeck posted on Twitter, referring to the collective bargaining agreement.
Hasselbeck deleted the post, but not before Cromartie heard about it.
“Hey Matt if u have something to (say) then say it be a man about it. Don’t erase it. I will smash ur face in,” Cromartie said on Twitter.
Hasselbeck responded via Twitter within an hour: “Sorry for the joke man. No hard feelings. DB’s & QB’s have a hard time getting along I guess sometimes. lol”
RAVENS FIRE ZORN
The Baltimore Ravens fired quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn and expanded offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s responsibilities with quarterbacks.
Zorn’s release came after a seven-hour meeting this week with Cameron and coach John Harbaugh in which Zorn was questioned about Joe Flacco’s development this season, a league source said.
Zorn played quarterback for the Seahawks from 1976-84 and was an assistant coach for Seattle from 1997-98 and 2001-07. He was head coach of the Washington Redskins from 2008-09.
FISHER FIRED, TOO
In a surprising move, the Tennessee Titans parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who just completed his 16th full season as the NFL’s longest-tenured coach.
The team said in a release that “Fisher will no longer be the head coach of the team.”
Fisher, 52, seemingly had just survived a battle with quarterback Vince Young when owner Bud Adams decided to either release Young or trade him on Jan. 5. The owner announced two days later that he would be keeping Fisher.
Fisher ranks third among active coaches in career wins with a record of 147-126, behind only Bill Belichick (176) and Mike Shanahan (160), and he is 20th all-time in coaching victories.
Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers reportedly was fined $10,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Aaron Rodgers in the NFC championship game. … Packers coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t thrilled with the way a couple of his injured players chose to express their disappointment about potentially being left out of the Super Bowl team photo, saying they made a “poor decision” when they complained about it in public, but the team will take the picture late next week so those players can be included. … Oakland hired former Raiders Pro Bowl guard Steve Wisniewski as assistant offensive line coach. … An autopsy confirmed that a body pulled from the Mississippi River was that of the brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed. … Denver’s Champ Bailey was named to his 10th Pro Bowl, a record for cornerbacks, replacing Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha. Minnesota linebacker E.J. Henderson was named to the NFC team. … The Broncos hired Keith Burns as assistant special teams coach and Sam Garnes as assistant secondary coach.