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Bengals DT Geno Atkins tears ACL

UPDATE 12:54 pm

CINCINNATI (AP) -- An MRI test confirms that Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, leaving the AFC North leaders without another star player on defense.

Atkins twisted the knee during a 22-20 overtime loss in Miami on Thursday night. The Bengals suspected he'd torn the ACL, and a test in Cincinnati confirmed it on Friday.

The Bengals already were missing top cornerback Leon Hall, out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, and middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, out indefinitely with a concussion and an injured left knee. He was on crutches earlier this week.

Running back Giovani Bernard was sidelined in the second half by bruised ribs. Coach Marvin Lewis said Friday it's not a long-term injury.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- The Cincinnati Bengals lost All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins with a right knee injury Thursday night, and they might be without him for the rest of the season.

Following a 22-20 overtime loss to Miami, coach Marvin Lewis said his medical staff believed the injury was serious.

''They think he has an ACL injury,'' Lewis said. ''We won't know until we get home.''

Atkins, who made the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons, was hurt in the second quarter and walked off the field with assistance from two teammates. He came into the game with a team-high five sacks and added another in the first quarter.

He was on crutches after the game.

''It stinks because he's one of the best,'' defensive tackle Domata Peko said. ''We'll keep him in our prayers, and Bengals Nation, please keep him in your prayers also.''

Second-year pro Brandon Thompson replaced Atkins.

''Right now we're kind of thin,'' Thompson said, ''but we just have to do what we have to do to make it. It's next man up, got to keep it ticking. I've been prepared and now it's my time to step up.''

The Bengals were already without Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth, middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, safety Taylor Mays and backup linebacker Michael Boley, who were hurt last week.

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