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Brooks Reed | Linebacker

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 254
College: Arizona
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Falcons OLB Brooks Reed (groin) returned to practice Thursday.
Reed was expected to be out until late October after undergoing groin surgery early in September. He is unlikely to play this week, but even limited participation gives him a great shot to beat his initial timetable. He could play Week 4. Sep 24 - 12:29 PM

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Updating a previous item, ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said SLB Brooks Reed (groin surgery) is not headed to injured reserve/designated to return.

Reports on Sunday had Reed being placed on I.R./recall, but those reports were apparently incorrect. Reed is out six weeks after undergoing groin surgery in early September.
Sep 7 - 9:55 AM

Falcons placed SLB Brooks Reed on injured reserve-designated for return.

Atlanta's bye isn't until Week 10, so Reed will be eligible for return in Week 9. The I.R./return list costs players the first eight games of the season. Reed's placement on his list was expected after he underwent surgery to repair his long-troublesome groin. Kroy Biermann will take over at "Otto."
Sep 6 - 4:40 PM

Falcons SLB Brooks Reed is out six weeks after undergoing groin surgery.

A second opinion on Reed's long-troublesome groin determined he needed the operation. Reed could be a candidate for the Falcons' injured reserve-designated for return list. Kroy Biermann figures to open the season as Atlanta's "Otto" strong-side linebacker. It's going to be another long year for the Falcons' defense.
Sep 3 - 10:32 PM

Falcons SLB Brooks Reed is getting a second opinion on his groin injury.

Coach Dan Quinn called the news a "concern." It sounds like Reed could need surgery.
Sep 1 - 2:58 PM

Falcons SLB Brooks Reed (groin) returned to practice on Monday.

Reed had been sidelined most of camp with a groin injury. Reed is expected to open the season as the Falcons' "Otto" strong-side linebacker.
Aug 17 - 10:16 AM

Falcons LB Brooks Reed is sidelined with a groin injury.

The injury is different than the hamstring ailment that hampered Reed over the offseason. Reed said the injury does not require surgery, and he does not expect it to linger into the season. Reed signed a five-year, $22 million contract with the Falcons in March.
Aug 13 - 1:24 PM

Falcons signed LB Brooks Reed, formerly of the Texans, to a five-year, $22 million contract.

Reed can play both inside and outside linebacker and should be a movable chess piece for new coach Dan Quinn. He's best against the run, as his pass-rush skills really never developed in Houston after being the No. 42 overall pick in the 2011 draft. He has just 14.5 career sacks, but the Falcons are starved for help.
Mar 10 - 4:15 PM

According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, free agent Brooks Reed's decision will come down to money.

Reed to Atlanta was thought to be a done deal, but McClure says that isn't the case. He's also drawing interest from the Vikings and a handful of other teams. The Falcons are certainly in the market for a linebacker, but whether that linebacker is Reed, Brian Orakpo or someone else remains to be seen. Five linebackers have already agreed to new contracts, making Reed the eighth-best linebacker available in our free agent rankings.
Mar 10 - 8:42 AM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings have "inquired about" free agent LB Brooks Reed.

Reed has been heavily connected to the Falcons, but perhaps his agent is trying to drum up other interest in hopes of driving up his price. He'd be an inside linebacker for the Vikings' 4-3 defense.
Mar 9 - 5:44 PM

Yahoo's Rand Getlin reports free agent LB Brooks Reed is "leaning toward" signing with the Falcons.

Atlanta needs pass rushers and Reed isn't much of a pass rusher, so this would be an uninspiring signing for the Falcons. Reed is best suited to set the edge and play inside linebacker. He's drawn no known interest elsewhere.
Mar 9 - 12:36 PM

ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports the Falcons have expressed interest in free agent OLB Brooks Reed.

The Falcons are desperate for pass rushers, but Reed should be more of a fallback option with just 14.5 sacks over four seasons. He would improve Atlanta's run defense, which ranked in the bottom half of the league last year. Reed has reportedly drawn interest from at least four teams.
Mar 7 - 8:40 PM

The player rep for free agent OLB Brooks Reed does not expect his client to re-sign with the Texans.

Despite Clay Matthews comparisons coming out of college in 2011, Reed offers very little pass-rush ability and would better fit a team at inside linebacker. Reed is No. 13 in Rotoworld's rankings of the free agent edge defenders.
Mar 6 - 2:38 PM

The Texans have yet to open contract talks with free agent OLB Brooks Reed.

Reed, 27, is expected to test the open market. He's managed just 14.5 sacks over four seasons, but has consistently graded out positively against the run. Reed is Rotoworld's No. 13 free-agent edge defender.
Feb 21 - 6:43 PM

The Texans have moved Brooks Reed to inside linebacker, as expected.

One of new coach Bill O'Brien's mottos is "the more you can do." Reed could be a Tedy Bruschi-like player under ex-Patriots DC Romeo Crennel, with flexibility to play either inside or outside. In base packages, expect Reed to line up next to Brian Cushing, with Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus on the edges. In Houston's "sub" defenses, Reed will give Houston a lot of pass-rush options.
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