Brooks Reed should be active tomorrow for the first time all season, and it's fair to guess he circled this one on his calendar as an ideal return date.
Reed spent four season in Houston playing for the Texans, starting 52 games, piling up 118 tackles, and managing 14.5 sacks along the way. The Texans didn't exactly let him walk away, but the Falcons outbid Houston and others for Reed's services, and this is one of those fun games where a player gets a crack at his former team. Considering Reed was suffering from a groin injury, it's a mild surprise he'll be suiting up for this one, but the motivation is certainly there.
A healthy Reed can certainly help the Falcons against Houston, a team that figures to run the ball plenty whether or not Arian Foster is active. Reed is one of the better run-stopping linebackers on the roster and is decent enough in coverage, two areas where the Falcons struggled a bit (especially in the first half) against the Cowboys.
It's anyone's guess how much Reed will play. It's possible O'Brien Schofield and Nate Stupar will still get the bulk of the snaps, and Reed will just rotate in sparingly. I'm willing to bet that Reed wants to play every snap and show Houston what they're missing, though, and I sincerely hope he's able to do so.
How much do you believe Reed will play?