Falcons sign linebacker Mike Peterson

Atlanta Falcons' Mike Peterson (53) returns an interception as Carolina Panthers' Ryan Kalil (67) and Mackenzy Bernadeau (73) defend during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 11. (The Associated Press)

Published: Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.

Atlanta has re-signed linebacker Mike Peterson, who was with the Falcons the last three years.

Peterson, a Santa Fe High School and University of Florida alum, also played for coach Mike Smith when Smith was the defensive coordinator in Jacksonville.

Peterson can play inside and outside LB, and with middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu battling a chest injury, Peterson will provide some depth for the Falcons.

Last year, Peterson played in 15 games with five starts. He made 27 tackles (16 solo) while adding one interception and two passes defensed. He has 1,611 tackles (953 solo), 21 1-2 sacks, 19 interceptions, 52 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries during his 13-year NFL career.

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