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Report: Brooks Reed to be placed on injured reserve, designated to return

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Per ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Falcons linebacker Brooks Reed will be placed on injured reserve with a designation to return.

McClure's tweet trails off after "injured reserve," but the text continues on ESPN.com, establishing the expectation that Reed will be designated for return.

Reed, who had surgery last week to repair a lingering groin injury, will not be permitted to practice for six weeks and cannot return to game action for eight weeks from the date Reed is officially placed on the list. Six weeks to the day after Reed is placed on IR with the designation to return, the team will have 21 days to determine whether they want to active Reed or declare him out for the remainder of the season. If Reed is physically able to return, the earliest he will be able to do so should be week eight for the home game against the Buccaneers.

Initial reports surrounding Reed's injury suggested he would miss a minimum of six weeks to fully recover, so this move makes sense. McClure stated that this move was not unexpected and that Kroy Biermann will likely take over Reed's starting role in the base defense.

Players on injured reserve do not count toward roster limits, so once this move comes to fruition, the team will need to sign one more player to get up to 53. Teams can only use this short-term designation once per season, so once this move is official it will confirm that Jonathan Asamoah, Collin Mooney and Travis Howard, all of whom were placed on injured reserve yesterday, will definitely be out for the entire 2015 season.

What are your thoughts on Reed's injury?