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.
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.