Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brooks Reed (groin) is starting Sunday against Houston.
In his debut with Atlanta, he will line up versus his former team at strong-side linebacker, where he'll act as more of a pass rusher than a tackle machine.
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brooks Reed (groin) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans .
Limited both Wednesday and Thursday, Reed finally logged a full practice Friday, setting him up for his regular-season Falcons debut. It's not entirely clear that he'll start, but he should get some snaps as both a strongside linebacker and defensive end. Reed can safely be ignored for IDP purposes.
Brooks was trending in the right direction, practicing on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday, but coach Dan Quinn was unwilling to rule Reed fit for game time. O'Brien Schofield will most likely take his place at outside linebacker.
Dan Quinn said he remains unsure if Reed will be available for the Sunday clash against Dallas. But he's impressed with the work ethic that allowed him to return to quickly.
"I'd rather go through today and tomorrow and take a better look," Quinn said. "The main thing is that he's way ahead of schedule in terms of the effort to come back. He put tons into it to get ready. For him, being back out, we'll get him in a limited fashion today, will be huge. It's a good statement about how hard he worked to get back."
No surprise here, as Reed will be on the shelf until at least October after undergoing groin surgery during the preseason. O'Brien Schofield got the start in place of the injured Reed during Monday's game against the Eagles, recording just one tackle in 44 snaps.
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