Falcons CB DeCoud leaves game after helmet-to-helmet hit

ATLANTA -- Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud left Sunday's game with a head injury after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson.

DeCoud's teammates waved for Atlanta's trainers following the play with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter. DeCoud was kneeling when trainers arrived, and he was escorted to the sideline.

DeCoud sat on the bench and stood on the sideline through the remainder of the first half.

The Falcons announced at the start of the second half that DeCoud's status was questionable.

There was no penalty on the play. Erik Coleman replaced DeCoud.

The Falcons' secondary was short-handed after cornerback Dunta Robinson suffered a concussion in a hit on Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson last week.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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