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Bengals defense reeling after loss of Geno Atkins
Bengals defense reeling after loss of Geno Atkins

The Cincinnati Bengals were dealt a crushing blow last week with the news that $55 million defensive tackle Geno Atkins had been lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Although the Bengals remain atop the AFC North with a two-game lead over the Ravens, the impact of not having a disruptive interior force such as Atkins will likely have a hefty impact on their outlook. Atkins is regarded as a linchpin, leading the defense with six sacks after topping all NFL interior linemen with 12.5 sacks last season. "It's tough, but this team's had adversity before," cornerback Terence Newman told Cincinnati reporters. "We've...

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