Geno Atkins carted to locker room with what’s feared to be torn ACL

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All Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins was carted to the locker room with a knee injury midway through the second quarter of the Bengals' Thursday night game against the Miami Dolphins, and the early reports are that Atkins suffered a torn ACL. If so, he'd be done for the season.

Atkins twisted his right knee and went down in a heap. Although he limped off the field with assistance, Atkins needed to be carted into the locker room. It looked serious, and after the 22-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Atkins had "an ACL situation."

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Atkins will have an MRI to confirm their fears on Friday morning. But it most certainly doesn't look good. Brandon Thompson played primarily in place of Atkins and held his own, including on a third-and-short stop.

Atkins signed a five-year, $55 million deal last year as one of the best interior linemen in the NFL. His loss — if it's serious — would be a massive blow to the middle of the Bengals' defense.

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