Cincinatti, OH, United States (4E Sports) – An MRI revealed that Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins suffered a torn right ACL in Thursday’s 22-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins and will miss the remainder of the season.
The fourth-year Pro Bowl was injured in the second quarter while being caught up underneath one of his teammates and a Dolphins ball carrier.
The Dolphins scored four plays after Atkins’ departure.
Coach Marvin Lewis Lewis told reporters moments after the game that trainers suspected Atkins had an ACL injury.
The Bengals remain atop the AFC North with a two-game lead over the Ravens, but he impact of not having a disruptive interior force such as Atkins could hurt.
Atkins led the Bengal’s defense with six sacks after topping all NFL interior linemen with 12.5 sacks last season. He was re-signed at the start of the season to a $55 million deal.
Brandon Thompson, who has 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks this season, will be the primary replacement.
Lewis said the Bengals might look at free-agent defensive linemen and former Dallas Cowboys player Jay Ratliff is available.