Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn announced after the team’s 20-19 win over the Baltimore Ravens in their preseason finale on Thursday night that linebacker Brooks Reed had undergone groin surgery and could miss an extended period of time. Both ESPN’s Vaughn McClure and the AJC‘s D. Orlando Ledbetter indicate that Reed is expected to miss up to six weeks as normal recovery time.
It’s possible that Reed will be put on the short-term injured reserve by the team next week, forcing him to miss the first eight games of the season before he return. Since Reed did not begin training camp on the team’s Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list, he is not eligible to go onto the regular season version of that same list which would keep him out for at least six weeks.
Reed dealt with a groin injury last season with the Houston Texans, but gutted through the injury and did not miss a game. He was signed by the Falcons as their highest-paid free agent this offseason but the lingering groin caused him to miss time during minicamps and OTAs. Reed returned healthy at the start of camp, but re-aggravated the injury within the first week of practices and then missed two weeks of practice before returning. He missed one preseason game during that time, but returned to play against the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins in the second and third preseason games. But he apparently re-aggravated the injury again versus the Dolphins and was pulled from action early. Recently, Reed sought a second opinion in relation to whether he would require surgery on his groin.
Reed was counted on to be the team’s starting strong-side linebacker this season. In his absence, it’ll likely lead the Falcons to replace him with either Kroy Biermann or O’Brien Schofield. Biermann started at the position in place of Reed in the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, but Schofield has logged backup reps against the Jets and Dolphins behind Reed once Biermann returned to defensive end.