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Domata Peko | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 322
College: Michigan State
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Bengals signed NT Domata Peko to a two-year, $9 million extension through 2016.
Peko was entering the final year of his contract and scheduled to earn a $4.125 million base salary. He's now signed through his age-32 season, while three-technique stud Geno Atkins is under contract through 2018. Peko has missed just five games in eight seasons and hasn't missed a start in four years. He's a solid bet for 50-plus tackles and a couple sacks per season. Mar 26 - 2:07 PM

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Bengals DT Domata Peko triggered an escalator in his contract, raising his 2013 salary from $3.7 million to $3.9 million.

Peko's 2014 base salary also gets an uptick, going from $3.925 million to $3.965 million. The 28-year-old recorded 53 tackles and two sacks in 2012, but his main job is to just eat up blockers to free up his teammates -- like the man lining up next to him, Geno Atkins. Peko has two years left on his current deal.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 10:02:00 PM

Bengals DT Domata Peko and LT Andrew Whitworth are organizing a two-week minicamp starting next Monday.

With Carson Palmer's future up in the air, Peko and Whitworth are the "obvious leaders" on the Bengals. Peko was voted a defensive captain last year along with Dhani Jones, who is without a contract this offseason. Whitworth, the club's player rep the past few seasons, has emerged as one of the best blindside tackles in the NFL.
Source: Bengals.com
Fri, Jun 3, 2011 09:29:00 AM

Benagls NT Domata Peko (knee) particpated in OTAs and declared himself 100 percent.

Peko also said he was 100 percent for the Wild Card round loss to the Jets, but clearly wasn't. When healthy, Peko is a run-stuffing force on the interior of the Bengals' line.
Source: bengals.com
Fri, May 21, 2010 10:37:00 AM

Bengals NT Domata Peko (knee surgery) says he feels 100 percent despite sitting out the last five games of the regular season.

"It's feeling so great right now, like nothing ever happened," Peko said. The Bengals need Peko at 100 percent, especially after the Jets ripped off 4.5 yards per carry in Week 17. Downgrade Thomas Jones a little for this week.
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 10:31:00 AM

Bengals NT Domata Peko (knee), DE Robert Geathers (rest), and S Chris Crocker (ankle) are fully expected to return for the Jets rematch this week.

They'll be welcomed back with open arms. The Jets dominated the line of scrimmage Sunday night, rushing for 257 yards against what had been the league's No. 2 run defense. Peko, in particular, will be a significant upgrade inside.
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 11:54:00 AM

Bengals NT Domata Peko (knee surgery) will play against the Jets in Week 17.

Peko, who has missed the last four games, is expected to practice fully on Wednesday. He'll provide a significant upgrade for the Bengals' run defense as they prepare for the playoffs.
Tue, Dec 29, 2009 09:37:00 AM

Bengals NT Domata Peko (knee surgery) says he is finally ready to resume practicing.

His status is still unclear for Week 17. Cincinnati was again beat up by an opposing rushing attack without Peko on Sunday, letting Jamaal Charles rack up 124 yards. They'll have to deal with Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene next.
Source: bengals.com
Mon, Dec 28, 2009 01:40:00 PM

Bengals DT Domata Peko (knee) and FS Chris Crocker (ankle) are both listed as doubtful for Week 16 against Kansas City.

Cincinnati's run defense has been ineffective with Peko out of the lineup; Darren Sproles and LaDainian Tomlinson combined for 150 yards against the unit last week. His absence is an upgrade for Jamaal Charles' matchup.
Source: bengals.com
Fri, Dec 25, 2009 03:49:00 PM

Bengals NT Domata Peko (knee) has a chance to return for this week's game against the Chiefs.

Getting their primary run stuffer back would be a big boost for the Bengals down the stretch. Peko has been out since getting his knee scoped after Week 12.
Wed, Dec 23, 2009 12:51:00 PM

Bengals NT Domata Peko is out at least two weeks after having his injured knee scoped on Monday.

According to the team, Peko has "a chance" to return before the end of the regular season. The Bengals pulled out Sunday's game against Detroit, but their run defense was noticeably weaker without Peko, who missed the first start of his career. Kevin Smith totaled 104 yards and a score on 18 touches.
Mon, Dec 7, 2009 02:46:00 PM

Bengals NT Domata Peko (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Cincinnati has a plenty viable backup in space-eating youngster Pat Sims, so Peko's absence doesn't do much to help Kevin Smith's Week 13 matchup.
Source: bengals.com
Fri, Dec 4, 2009 02:01:00 PM

Bengals NT Domata Peko says he is day to day with a strained MCL in his right knee.

There's a chance Peko could play against the Browns this week with a brace. He's a big part of the Bengals' run defense, although that unit won't be tested against Jamal Lewis and company.
Mon, Nov 23, 2009 12:17:00 PM

Bengals NT Domata Peko left Sunday's game with a strained MCL in his right knee.

Peko also was dealing with a knee injury a month ago, though he didn't miss any games. The third-year nose tackle is a key to Cincinnati's run defense.
Sun, Nov 22, 2009 06:22:00 PM

Bengals DT Domata Peko is considered day to day with a knee injury.

According to the team, "indications" are that the injury is not severe. The Bengals have a bye in Week 8, however, and may play it safe with Peko Sunday against the Bears. That would provide a matchup boost for Matt Forte.
Mon, Oct 19, 2009 04:13:00 PM