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Bengals DT Geno Atkins has torn ACL, out for season

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Pro Bowl DT Geno Atkins leads the Bengals in sacks with six through nine games. (USATSI)
Pro Bowl DT Geno Atkins leads the Bengals in sacks with six through nine games. (USATSI)

The Bengals' loss in Miami on Thursday night wasn't just your normal nightmare loss. It was doubled up thanks to the injury suffered by superstar defensive tackle Geno Atkins, which the team announced as a torn ACL on Friday.

Marvin Lewis confirmed on Friday that Atkins tore his ACL against the Dolphins.

Lewis initially told reporters Thursday night (and credit to him for doing so; it's pretty unusual to see that in today's NFL) that Atkins suffered an "ACL injury." Reports indicated it was likely torn but it wasn't confirmed until Friday afternoon.

Atkins suffered the injury during the second quarter on a Dolphins run. He attempted to stop and his knee got bent up underneath a pile of players. He remained on the ground for a bit until he was able to stand up and limp to the sideline, at which point he was carted to the locker room.

The defensive tackle was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

Miami took advantage too, running right at the center of the Bengals defense when Atkins left, with Ryan Tannehill eventually plunging in for a go-ahead score from the 1-yard line after Daniel Thomas motored down to the goal line.

Atkins was the Bengals' leading pass-rusher at the time of his injury, totaling six sacks. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer can help Cincy recover from this, but replacing Atkins production is impossible.

The only small bright spot for Atkins here is that he signed a five-year, $55 million contract before the season began.

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