The anchor of the Cincinnati Bengals defense, defensive tackle Geno Atkins, went down with a knee injury during their Thursday night overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins. The injury occurred late in the second quarter and Atkins was carted off the field, but the severity of the injury remained unknown. The Bengals’ fears became a reality on Nov. 1, according to Cole Harvey of ESPN.com, Atkins will miss the remainder of the season:
Geno Atkins, a fourth-year defensive tackle who was re-signed at the start of the season to a deal that will pay him $55 million, was officially diagnosed with a season-ending ACL tear.
This is a tremendous blow to the Bengals, who are already without Pro Bowl cornerback Leon Hall, after he tore his Achilles in a week 7 win against the Detroit Lions. The Bengals defense is ranked top ten in total defense and will have to replace one of the better defensive tackles in all of football.
Atkins was selected as an All-Pro for the first time in his career last season and was rewarded by the Bengals in the off-season, Atkins signed a five year $55 million extension.
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