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AFC North notebook: Bengals counting on defensive tackle Geno Atkins to regain dominant form
AFC North notebook: Bengals counting on defensive tackle Geno Atkins to regain dominant form

A year ago, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins was the scourge of the AFC North as a practically unblockable interior force. Atkins had been rewarded with a five-year, $55 million contract extension before last season, a testament to how disruptive and reliable the former Georgia star had become. Then Atkins' right knee buckled against the Miami Dolphins last October as he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. The injury ended Atkins' season and created doubts about whether he'd ever regain his All-Pro form. From 2011 to 2013, Atkins led all NFL defensive tackles with 26 sacks. Although Atkins has started every game this season heading into Sunday's game...

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