Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn announced today that linebacker Brooks Reed would be seeking a second opinion on his groin injury. Reed missed roughly 10 days of training camp practices dealing with the groin injury that also bothered him throughout the offseason prior to camp. Reed did return to appear in each of the Falcons last two preseason games, but seemingly aggravated the injury last Saturday against the Miami Dolphins and has sat out the past two days of practice.
Presumably, the second opinion sought by Reed and the team is one that will avoid surgery. The Falcons made Reed their highest-paid free agent signing of this past offseason by signing him to a five-year contract worth $22.5 million. Reed was expected to fill the starting spot at strong-side linebacker in the team’s base defense this year.
In Reed’s absence, players such as Kroy Biermann, O’Brien Schofield and Tyler Starr could be expected to fill that role. Biermann started in place of Reed in the team’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, but Schofield has logged nearly all of the second-team reps at the position in the two games since. Like Biermann, Schofield has spent the majority of his time this preseason playing defensive end rather than linebacker.