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LaRoy Reynolds already out against Jacksonville Jaguars, looking for second opinion

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The Falcons may be shuffling their linebacker plans with Reynolds ominously looking for a second opinion.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds may not be a household name as he has only been a relief player on defense. However, Reynolds is an important contributor as one of the team’s best special teams players.

So it is a little alarming that he is already out for next week’s game, and is looking for a second opinion.

He went out last knight on a kickoff coverage with a “shoulder” injury that apparently is a chest injury.

A chest injury can really only be so much. I’ll avoid speculating here, but I can’t think of anything that would require a second opinion that isn’t also putting him at risk for injured reserve. Additionally, a second opinion typically comes in when players are looking at a severe injury that could put them out for a month or longer.

For a player like Reynolds, seeking a second opinion means his season is very likely in jeopardy. We hope the second opinion comes back positive, but it is hard to be optimistic after this news.