The fourth-year All-Pro defensive tackle was re-signed at the start of the season to a deal that will pay him $55 million. Thankfully, that means Atkins is set for life so long as he manages his money and plays-out the remainder of that contract. Atkins was originally injured in the second quarter of Week 9’s 22-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins. Atkins entered the game with 18 tackles and five sacks. He had one first-quarter sack on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill before his departure.
Initially, Atkins was ruled out of the game with a right knee injury. Lewis told reporters moments after the game that trainers suspected Atkins had an ACL injury. Because the team knew right away what had happened, they were able to act quickly and get surgery set up.
Now, it’s just a matter of rehabbing and getting that knee strengthened properly so that Atkins is ready for the start of the 2014 NFL season. Any kind of timetable is pointless at this point because Atkins just had surgery, but the Bengals are surely hopeful that he’ll be ready to go in time for training camp.
Given the fact that he’ll have nearly nine months to recover before the start of training camp bodes well for him being “At worst” limited in practice during camp, but should be expected to be ready for the start of the regular season if no setbacks occur.