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Bengals lose Geno Atkins to knee injury

Ryan Tannehill, Geno Atkins AP

Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins was carted to the locker room after suffering a knee injury Thursday night against the Dolphins.

Atkins’ right knee twisted and he went down awkwardly in the middle of the line in the second quarter. He limped to the sideline, assisted by teammates, and then got on a cart and was taken to the locker room.

There’s no immediate word on the severity of Atkins’s injury, but it did not look good. The Bengals described him as questionable to return.

Atkins is widely regarded as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, and he signed a five-year, $55 million contract in September. Losing him for any period of time would be a major blow to the Bengals.

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24 Responses to “Bengals lose Geno Atkins to knee injury”
  1. skoobyfl says: Oct 31, 2013 9:36 PM

    Oh oh.

  2. AParsons says: Oct 31, 2013 9:44 PM

    Not good.

  3. jonbeck316 says: Oct 31, 2013 9:45 PM

    The bengals playoff chances just got carted off

  4. junglerat524 says: Oct 31, 2013 9:48 PM

    Further proof that Thursday Night Football is stupid & dangerous. Not just because of Geno. He wasn’t the first to go down tonight. Both teams have lost key players. The point is there is no way these teams are ready to play 4 days after their last game. No freaking way. I don’t watch Thursday Night Football except when the Bengals are on because its not football. These guys are still healing from last week and it shows. Until the NFLPA steps up to demand that Thursday night games can only be played by teams coming off a bye then you’re gonna get crap games like these that ruin teams with injuries for ratings. Disturbing.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 31, 2013 9:49 PM

    When an individual is fatigued/not recovered is the time when the majority of injuries occur.

    I still don’t know why these Thursday night games aren’t using teams coming off their bye week.

    It makes no sense.

  6. beerndrums says: Oct 31, 2013 9:53 PM

    Bummer

  7. daknight93 says: Oct 31, 2013 10:00 PM

    noooooooooooooo….not Geno, hope he is ok.

  8. tarheels85 says: Oct 31, 2013 10:03 PM

    hopefully not a torn ACL.

    seems like this has been the injury of the season.

  9. loyalraven says: Oct 31, 2013 10:04 PM

    This wouldve hurt the Bengals confidence if it wasn’t for the fact theyve never had any.

  10. natijim235 says: Oct 31, 2013 10:08 PM

    quick recovery Geno – best D tackle in league and need you!

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 31, 2013 10:17 PM

    Get Well, Big Geno.

  12. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 31, 2013 10:22 PM

    Meanwhile, Dalton still sucks.

  13. bloodfarmer3621 says: Oct 31, 2013 10:30 PM

    Good thing the NFL is going through all the trouble to water down the sport to make it a
    “safer game.” Yeah, it’s really paying off now…

  14. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 31, 2013 10:36 PM

    This is like the Ravens or Steelers losing 5 defenders, as their teams don’t really have good defenders anymore.

  15. tedmurph says: Oct 31, 2013 10:44 PM

    That would be a shame, this guy is a S-T-U-D.

  16. drunkwino says: Oct 31, 2013 11:17 PM

    I long for the days where NFL champions were crowned for being the best team in the NFL instead of whoever has the least amout of guys on IR at the end. All the Thursday Night games, London trips, pushing for eighteen games, and pretty much everything Goodell has done in the name of “growing the consumer base,” has accomplished nothing more than lowering the quality of the NFL.

    So long as someone is running the show who refers to fans as ‘consumers,’ instead of fans the NFL will keep marching on to the carefully manufactured, processed, and publicized generic McProduct franchise restaurants serve up. It’ll be a sport where the “NFL experience,” as carefully crafted from focus groups, lawyers and PR firms will eradicate actual football.

    It’s sad to watch.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 11:23 PM

    Maybe one of the best, but not a high ranking value player. There’s a ton of other guys who are worth more to their teams than he is. Value is much more important than stats and performance that isn’t modified by the cost to get said stats and performance.

  18. nickster31 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:42 PM

    Just glad he got his long term deal done. This injury could have cost him $25 million if he hadn’t.

  19. daroc88 says: Nov 1, 2013 12:08 AM

    Reports are Torn ACL smh

  20. isphet71 says: Nov 1, 2013 12:10 AM

    The NFL is all about payer safety. Unless they can make a few extra bucks by having Thursday night games.

    Because – hey – a few extra bucks!

  21. loyalraven says: Nov 1, 2013 12:22 AM

    Ouch! This loss probably hurts more then Geno’s knee…

  22. dezno24 says: Nov 1, 2013 12:23 AM

    Torn ACL. Its a wrap this year for him.

  23. commonsenseisundetvalued says: Nov 1, 2013 12:34 AM

    yea his legs getting rolled up on has a lot to do with playing on thursday, i love comments from people that didn’t watch the game

  24. twayward says: Nov 1, 2013 2:08 AM

    obviously, we’re still waiting for all of the details here. That said, is it me or does it seem like if there is invidious behavior afoot, Richie Igcognito is often nearby?

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