Halloween was not kind to the Cincinnati Bengals as they lost a road game to the Miami Dolphins Thursday night. The Dolphins downed the Bengals 22-20 in overtimes as QB Andy Dalton was sacked for a safety. The tricks continued against Cincinnati as they suffered a key defensive injury. DT Geno Atkins suffered a knee injury which is believed to be a torn ACL, a season ending malady. Atkins will undergo a MRI later this morning in order to confirm the initial diagnosis.
Atkins became the Bengals starting defensive tackle in 2011 and was an immediate force at the position. He leads all defensive tackles in sacks and forced fumbles around the league since being named a starter. Last season he recorded 12.5 sacks. So far this season, Atkins recorded 20 tackles and led the Bengals with six sacks.
As the Bengals continue on towards possible post-season play, his loss will be difficult to overcome. Defensive injuries are mounting for Cincinnati. Weeks a go, CB Leon Hall was lost for the year after rupturing his Achilles tendon.