Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel left his team's Week 9 contest against the Carolina Panthers with an apparent head injury, but was later cleared for a return.
Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the news, saying the Falcons announced it as a "possibly head injury":
Asante Samuel with "possible head injury" via Falcons— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) November 3, 2013
Per AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter, he was quickly cleared for a return.
Asante Samuel cleared to return to the game for the #Falcons— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) November 3, 2013
Samuel had one tackle in the contest when he left the game in the second quarter.
The 32-year-old is in his third NFL job after a four-year stint with the New England Patriots and three years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was acquired for a seventh-rounder, but has flourished into a starter alongside Desmond Trufant.
The Falcons have endured injuries across the board offensively, but Samuel's absence could really affect an Atlanta secondary that already ranks in the bottom half of the league in pass defense.