Starting right guard Garrett Reynolds, who did not play from scrimmage in the last two games because of a back injury, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
PhillipKeith Manley was signed from the practice squad to replace him on the roster.
Reynolds, 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, was originally selected by the Falcons in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2009 NFL draft. In four seasons with the Falcons, Reynolds has played in 28 games with 14 starts including six games this season. He had a base salary of $615,ooo this season and will become a free agent in 2013.
Manley, 6-5, 309 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as an undrafted free agent on April 30. In 2011, Manley helped pave the way for Toledo’s offense to rush for 2,777 yards.
Reynolds re-secured his job that he lost after seven games last season. Joe Hawley finished the 2011 season as the starter.
The Falcons held an open competition along the offensive line after struggling in short-yard situations and seeing quarterback Matt Ryan get hit too often last season. They used their first two draft picks on offensive linemen and hired a new line coach as part of the restructure.
Reynolds or “Big Country” as he is called by teammates and coaches, spent his first year on the practice squad.
Reynolds hit a low last season after he had a difficult game against Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who romped around the Falcons’ backfield for much of the game. The Pro Bowler finished with five tackles (one for a loss), a sack and a quarterback hit. Reynolds was replaced by Hawley after the ensuing bye week.
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