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Bengals Place DT Geno Atkins on Injured Reserve, Done for Season

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The Cincinnati Bengals have placed defensive tackle Geno Atkins on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his 2020 season.

Atkins, 32, has endured the most challenging season of his career thus far. He never started a game for the Bengals this year, played in only eight contests and failed to record a sack for the first time in his career. He finished with just one tackle and a quarterback hit.

One of the best defensive players in Bengals history, Atkins’ tenure in Cincinnati will likely come to an end this offseason, as he holds a $14.8 million cap hit in 2021. Signaling the end of an era, the Bengals traded away longtime defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season.

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Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Georgia, Atkins has played his entire eleven-year career in Cincinnati. He had been named First-Team All-Pro twice and selected to eight Pro Bowls, including six consecutive selections from 2014 to 2019. His 75.5 sacks and 100 tackles-for-loss are both the second-most in franchise history.

The Bengals are set to host the Pittsburgh Steelers this coming week on Monday Night Football.

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