Thomas DeCoud leaves after collision

Updated: October 24, 2010, 10:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud left Sunday's game against Cincinnati with a head injury after a helmet-to-helmet collision with 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 was escorted to the sideline.

DeCoud was examined on a trainer's table on the sideline and then escorted to the bench.

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 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 receiver DeSean Jackson last week.

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