Bengals May Have Lost DT Geno Atkins For The Season In Thursday Night Loss To The Dolphins

The AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals dropped to 6-3 on the season Thursday night with their 22-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins and more importantly, they may have lost their two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins for the season as well.

After the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Atkins might have torn the ACL in his right knee in the loss. If indeed that winds up being the case, Atkins will be lost for the rest of the season.

Atkins stands to be the second key defensive player that the Bengals have lost to a season-ending injury in just a matter of just a few weeks as cornerback Leon Hall suffered an Achilles tear a few weeks ago against the Detroit Lions.

Atkins, who entered the game with 18 total tackles and five sacks, won’t be easily replaced. Second-year defensive tackle Brandon Thompson figures to be the next man up as he took over for Atkins once he left the game.

The Bengals next two games are in the division as they will play the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns before their Week 12 Bye.

The Bengals loss Thursday night will give the Pittsburgh Steelers a chance to make up a game in the win column Sunday against the New England Patriots. It’s a must-win game for the Steelers if they want to have any chance of crawling back into the division race.

  • dgh57

    Anytime you lose your best Defensive player that’s going to be tough to deal with. I was pulling for the Dolphins to do us a favor and win the game and they did just that with the sack there in OT. I saw Mike Wallace had a decent game and I’m hoping he turns it on in the 2nd half of the season(ex-Steelers game) as I still want that 3td rd. pick! I didn’t watch the whole game but I did see a “dream play” in which a Bengals player came up from behind a Dolphin and stripped the ball out for a fumble something we can only dream about! Thanks Dolphins for the favor!

  • HarryBackside

    The Dolphins did do us a favor, which just makes the Raiders loss that much more painful. Of course, none of that matters if the Steelers offense can’t find a way to become more effective.

  • HarryBackside

    You can’t replace a player like Atkins. That said, the Bengals have a lot of depth behind their front 7. I’m sure they’ll find a way to be OK.

  • Shame I wanted them at full strength, so if we win no excuses

  • Styxmotors

    You, sir, are hard-core

  • cencalsteeler

    “So, your telling me there’s a chance…..*Yeeeaahh*!” – Lloyd Christmas


    Tough to see a great player lost for the yr even for an AFCN team, but this seems to be the yr for a lot of season ending injuries.

    That said, the media knee jerked the big win last week to the DIV crown. But… Dalton on the road in the DIV has a terrible record, @ SD, and the IND/BAL gms at home won’t be easy…this DIV was never over.

    Tomlin and crew have hope, but it will fizzle out again unless they win this week.

  • Alan Felicia

    Tough loss for Cincy. At least we don’t have to see Atkins overpower Decastro next game.
    BTW, Atkins was drafted in 4th round in 2010 (120 overall). Colbert drafted the great Thaddeus Gibson (DE/Ohio State, 116th overall) four picks earlier. Plus, in the same 2010 draft/2nd rd, Worilds (52nd) was picked before Sean Lee (55th) and Carlos Dunlap (54th). Talk about swinging and missing.
    Just sayin.

  • alex

    this means little for the division, cause if the Bengals dont take-it, then they flopped, even with the injuries on D…

    its still about the last WC spot, SD, BALT, and maybe somebody else who wants to show-up!