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Bengals activate Geno Atkins from PUP list

Tom Brady, Geno Atkins AP

The Bengals’ wait for defensive tackle Geno Atkins to be ready to return to practice for the first time since tearing his ACL last season has come to an end.

The team announced Wednesday that they have activated Atkins from the Physically Unable to Perform list, signaling that his recovery from last year’s injury has progressed well enough for Atkins to start taking practice reps with his teammates this week.

While the Bengals’ website says “don’t look for [Atkins] to get right into the heat of the action,” any work he’s doing now will get him closer to full strength for the start of the regular season. Given Atkins’ importance to the Cincinnati defense, that qualifies as a major step in the right direction even if team drills and full contact remain things for future practices.

The Bengals also activated sixth-round pick Marquis Flowers from the PUP list. The linebacker has been bothered by a hamstring injury. Tackle Andrew Whitworth, wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Jermaine Gresham are a few of the Bengals still waiting for clearance to practice with the team this summer.

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12 Responses to “Bengals activate Geno Atkins from PUP list”
  1. drfeelyouup says: Jul 30, 2014 11:07 AM

    He can’t touch Johnny Football. You know dis.

  2. bengalbowl says: Jul 30, 2014 11:19 AM

    He can’t touch Johnny football, because Johnny won’t even be on the field this year.

  3. mysterytonite says: Jul 30, 2014 11:20 AM

    Geno is going to toss Johnny around like a Pee Wee Herman doll.

  4. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 30, 2014 11:21 AM

    Ha, I can’t wait for Johnny Football to meet Geno. Someone’s gotta smear that smug kid.

  5. nyking1963 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:23 AM

    Jhonny Football is lunch for Geno..
    Best DT in the game returns. If he’s anything close to his old form, Bengals have a top 3 defense in the NFL.

  6. samoanjungle says: Jul 30, 2014 11:42 AM

    Good news.

    I may go down to the practice today to get a glimpse of the Beast in action.

    Bodine may get a Welcome-to-the-NFL-Kid today.

  7. bharr170 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:49 AM

    Most underrated defensive player in the game.

  8. cardiovascularendurance says: Jul 30, 2014 1:26 PM

    Geno’s got chunks of guys like Johnny in his stool.

  9. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 30, 2014 1:35 PM

    The only way Geno won’t be able to get to Johnny is if Johnny is on the sideline

  10. drfeelyouup says: Jul 30, 2014 2:48 PM

    All you bungle fans will bow to Johnny Football.

  11. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 31, 2014 12:27 AM

    All you Brown stains expressed the same confidence in Brandon Weeden…
    And in Colt McCoy before that…
    And in Brady Quinn before that…

    Same song, new verse

  12. bonniebengal says: Jul 31, 2014 6:37 AM

    He’s BAAAAACCCKKK! Look out AFC North.

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