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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...

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