Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Coach Marvin Lewis and the Bengals confirmed the injury Friday. All indications are that Atkins, a two-time Pro Bowler, injury is just season-ending and not career-threatening.
Atkins could be ready for the Bengals first practice of training camp.
“Between Robert (injured DE Robert Geathers) and Geno, we’ve lost two of the guys up front we counted on for a lot,” Lewis said. “Wallace Gilberry continues to play through injury. He answered the bell last night and did good things. Michael (Johnson) and Carlos (Dunlap) have to keep being consistent and be dominating in games.”
Atkins was injured when his leg appeared to roll up underneath one of his teammates during Thursday night’s 22-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins.
“It’s the next man up. It’s time to go. We’ve got to continue,” said Brandon Thompson, who will likely take Atkins spot. “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.”