It was an extremely costly 22-20 overtime loss for the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins, and not only because of the outcome of the game.
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins, one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the game, injured his right anterior cruciate ligament and is scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today to confirm that it's torn.
It's considered a season-ending injury for Atkins, who signed a $55 million contract prior to the regular season and finishes with six sacks.
It's the latest blow for a Bengals defense that already lost its best cornerback, Leon Hall, for the season with a torn achilles. Plus, linebacker Rey Maualuga is out three to four weeks with a sprained knee and a concussion.
Rookie running back Giovani Bernard, who rushed for two touchdowns, left the game with a bruised rib and outside linebacker James Harrison suffered a left thumb injury.
The loss to the Dolphins comes on a walkoff safety on Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake's sack of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who had three interceptions and a lost fumble.
The setback for the Bengals (6-3) benefited the Ravens (3-4) in the AFC North standings.
With a victory over the Cleveland Browns (3-5) on Sunday, the second-place Ravens can reduce the Bengals' division lead to 1 1/2 games.