Asante Samuel Injury: Updates on Falcons CB's Head

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 3, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Cornerback Asante Samuel #22 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates following the Falcons 30-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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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":

Per AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter, he was quickly cleared for a return. 

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.