The Cincinnati Bengals have likely lost All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins after he left Thursday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins with a right knee injury that team trainers already believe may be an ACL tear. ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports that Atkins tore his ACL, but will have an MRI Friday to confirm the diagnosis.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters after the game he that he wanted further testing of Atkins once the team got back to Cincinnati before calling it an ACL tear, but it looks like that’s the extent of the injury.
The injury came late in the second quarter, and Brandon Thompson was the man who stepped in for him and will have to do so going forward:
“It’s the next man up, it’s time to go, we’ve got to continue,” Thompson said. “I’ve been preparing since I’ve been here, and now it’s my time to step up and do what I have to do.”
This comes after Atkins was re-signed at the start of the season to a deal that will pay him $55 million. The silver lining here is that Atkins is still set for life and doesn’t have to worry about getting that deal he deserved after having tore his ACL.