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Geno Atkins | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 303
College: Georgia
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ESPN Bengals blogger Coley Harvey reports "it's anyone's guess" whether DT Geno Atkins (ACL surgery) will be ready for the start of the season.
Atkins is six months removed from his ACL tear and remains questionable for training camp. Updates on his status have been hard to come by, but Atkins should avoid opening the year on the reserve/PUP list and be ready for Week 1. Devon Still and Brandon Thompson are getting increased reps during OTAs. May 31 - 7:29 PM

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The Bengals' website expects DT Geno Atkins (ACL surgery) to be ready "at some point" in training camp.

Atkins hasn't had any setbacks, but is just three months removed from the ACL tear and will be in a race to get cleared by the start of camp. He's expected to avoid opening the season on reserve/PUP and should be ready for Week 1. An All-Pro in 2012, Atkins had 20 tackles and six sacks over nine starts before going down. He graded out as the No. 11 defensive tackle by Pro Football Focus.
Feb 7 - 5:22 PM

The Bengals' website expects Bengals DT Geno Atkins' (right ACL surgery) training camp availability to be a "tight fit."

Atkins suffered his ligament tear on Halloween and will likely open 2014 training camp on the active/PUP list. The Bengals are likely still counting on Atkins to be ready for Week 1. Despite the in-season losses of top pass rusher Atkins and top cover corner Leon Hall (Achilles'), Cincinnati still finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in total defense. It's a testament to DC Mike Zimmer, who ought to be rewarded with a head-coaching job.
Jan 8 - 9:04 PM

Bengals placed DT Geno Atkins (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Atkins tore the ACL in his right knee on Thursday night. In a best-case scenario, the Bengals will get the All-Pro back for Week 1 of next season. Interior linemen have a far better chance of returning to form off this injury than a skill player. Atkins' fourth NFL season ends with 20 tackles and six sacks in nine games. He was signed to a six-year, $56 million contract that included $31 million guaranteed just two months ago.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:44:00 AM

Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed DT Geno Atkins tore his right ACL on Thursday night and is done for the season.

It's a crushing blow and is quite possibly the biggest defensive injury of the season. A year after registering 12.5 sacks and 53 tackles, Atkins was on his way to posting another All-Pro season. His year ends with 20 tackles and six sacks. Atkins was sitting at No. 5 in Pro Football Focus' defensive tackle ratings. The Bengals are expected to search the street for defensive tackle help. Richard Seymour is a name to keep an eye on. That's pure speculation on our part, though. Seymour wants money and the Bengals have plenty of cap space.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins sustained a right ACL injury in Thursday's Week 9 loss at Miami.

It's perhaps the most significant defensive injury of the season. Atkins has emerged as the best interior lineman in the league by a wide margin over the past three seasons, dominating against the run while also racking up 18.5 sacks over his last 25 games. Just two months ago, he inked a six-year, $56 million contract that included $31 million guaranteed and $22 million in the first six months. The Bengals have now lost Atkins and top corner Leon Hall (Achilles) for the season. They're losses that will be almost impossible to overcome.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 01:37:00 AM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins was forced from Thursday night's Week 9 game against the Dolphins with a right knee injury.

Atkins went down awkwardly on his right knee and was shown limping heavily before being carted off the field in the second quarter. He's been ruled out for the rest of the game and this has the looks of a significant injury. It's a major blow to the Bengals defensive line. Atkins had two tackles and a sack before exiting. Brandon Thompson will see an expanded role in his absence.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 09:32:00 PM

Bengals agreed to terms with DT Geno Atkins on a five-year, $55 million contract extension.

Atkins will earn $31 million over the first three years of the deal and he's worth every penny. Atkins has emerged as the game's most dominant 4-3 defensive tackle, racking up 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, four forced fumbles and two batted balls last season. Entering his fourth NFL season, he's already been to the Pro Bowl twice, been a first-team All-Pro once and graded out as ProFootballFocus' No. 1 defensive tackle by an obscene margin last year. Atkins, fellow tackle Domata Peko, left end Carlos Dunlap and right end Michael Johnson make up arguably the league's premier defensive line. Now only Haloti Ngata and Ndamukong Suh have larger contracts at the interior line position than Atkins.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 09:57:00 AM

The National Football Post reports the Bengals and contract-year DT Geno Atkins are not close to an extension.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the Bengals were making a "strong push" to get Atkins locked up, but the Post says there is "still a ways to go before ink meets paper." Both reporters could be right, of course. Perhaps we'll learn more on this Tuesday's Hard Knocks.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 09:40:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday the Bengals are making a "strong push" to sign DT Geno Atkins to a long-term extension.

They're getting "aggressive," per Schefter. 25 years old, Atkins is owed $1.423 million in the final year of his rookie deal, and has emerged the past two seasons as the premier gap-shooting 4-3 defensive tackle in football. After locking up LE Carlos Dunlap, Atkins tops the Bengals' list of priorities. They're going to let franchise player RE Michael Johnson walk after this year.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 07:56:00 PM

League sources tell CBS' Jason La Canfora the Bengals and contract-year DT Geno Atkins have had an "ongoing dialogue," but are "nowhere close" to a new deal.

La Canfora reported in June that there was a "chasm" between the sides, and it doesn't sound like they've done much to bridge it. Still only 25 and one of the league's very best players, Atkins is going to cost a fortune to lock up long-term.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:43:00 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins recorded at least a half-sack in 10 games last season.

Atkins is nothing short of a freak, establishing himself as the premier defensive tackle in the game entering his fourth season. His 12.5 sacks last year tied for 15th most in a single season by a tackle in NFL history, and he graded out 48.2 points ahead of Pro Football Focus' No. 2 defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy. "The guy is maybe one of the most powerful interior linemen that you'll ever see," Ravens OC Jim Caldwell said. Atkins benches 500 pounds and squats 550.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 11:55:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there's already a "chasm" in long-term talks between the Bengals and DT Geno Atkins.

The sides haven't done much negotiating heading into the final year of Atkins' rookie contract, but sound like they're miles apart in the early going. It's not exactly a surprise, as Atkins is one of the top defensive linemen in the league, while the Bengals remain its thriftiest club. Atkins would almost certainly be franchise tagged next offseason absent a new deal.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 01:48:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer expects the Bengals to prioritize a contract extension with DT Geno Atkins before the start of the season.

Atkins is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is a candidate for a long-term deal now that almost all of the Bengals' draft picks have signed. A two-time Pro Bowler, Atkins is likely to command top-five defensive tackle money. The Bengals have also held extension talks with contract-year DE Carlos Dunlap.
Sun, May 26, 2013 01:18:00 PM says the team has been frugal in free agency because they will try to sign DT Geno Atkins to an extension next season.

Yes, Atkins is the best defensive tackle in the game and is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Re-signing him is going to be extremely expensive. And the Bengals should also be trying to work out an extension with LE Carlos Dunlap. But we'd have an easier time buying this as a plan if owner Mike Brown didn't annually sit on a pile of bills and count his cash instead of pushing up against the cap like his peers.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 08:55:00 AM

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