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Bengals DC Paul Guenther said he expects Geno Atkins (knee, active/PUP) to be ready for Week 1.

Coach Marvin Lewis said they'll hold Atkins on the active/PUP list for a few days to open training camp just to "get a look at him." It sounds like he'll be participating in practices sometime within the next week or so. The Bengals will likely limit Atkins' snaps during the preseason in an effort to have him 100 percent for the opener.

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Bengals placed DT Geno Atkins (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Joining him there will be OG Clint Boling (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring), CB Leon Hall (Achilles), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring), DT Zach Minter (back), DT Devon Still (back) and WR Ryan Whalen (hamstring). Updates on Atkins' status have been scarce, but he's now months removed from blowing out his knee. He could end up missing the entire preseason, but should still be considered better than 50-50 to be ready for Week 1. His status will be updated in the coming weeks.

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ESPN Bengals blogger Coley Harvey reports "it's anyone's guess" whether DT Geno Atkins (ACL surgery) will be ready for the start of the season.

Atkins is still just six months removed from his ACL tear and remains questionable for training camp. Updates on his status have been hard to come by, but Atkins is expected to avoid opening the year on the reserve/PUP list. Devon Still and Brandon Thompson are getting reps at nose tackle during OTAs.

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The Bengals' website expects DT Geno Atkins (knee) to be ready "at some point" in training camp.

Atkins hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from ACL surgery, but is just three months removed from the injury and will be in a race to get cleared for the start of camp. He's expected to avoid opening the season on the reserve/PUP list and should be ready for Week 1. An All-Pro in 2012, Atkins had 20 tackles and six sacks over nine starts before going down. He graded out as the No. 11 defensive tackle by Pro Football Focus.

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The Bengals' website expects Bengals DT Geno Atkins' (right ACL surgery) training camp availability to be a "tight fit."

Atkins suffered his ligament tear on Halloween and will likely open 2014 training camp on the active/PUP list. The Bengals are likely still counting on Atkins to be ready for Week 1. Despite the in-season losses of top pass rusher Atkins and top cover corner Leon Hall (Achilles'), Cincinnati still finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in total defense. It's a testament to DC Mike Zimmer, who ought to be rewarded with a head-coaching job.

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Bengals placed DT Geno Atkins (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Atkins tore the ACL in his right knee on Thursday night. In a best-case scenario, the Bengals will get the All-Pro back for Week 1 of next season. Interior lineman have a far better chance of returning to form off this injury than a skill player. Atkins' fourth NFL season ends with 20 tackles and six sacks in nine games. He was signed to a six-year, $56 million contract that included $31 million guaranteed just two months ago.

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Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed DT Geno Atkins tore his right ACL on Thursday night and is done for the season.

It's a crushing blow and is quite possibly the biggest defensive injury of the season. A year after registering 12.5 sacks and 53 tackles, Atkins was on his way to posting another All-Pro season. His year ends with 20 tackles and six sacks. Atkins was sitting at No. 5 in Pro Football Focus' defensive tackle ratings. The Bengals are expected to search the street for defensive tackle help. Richard Seymour is a name to keep an eye on. That's pure speculation on our part, though. Seymour wants money and the Bengals have plenty of cap space.

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Bengals DT Geno Atkins sustained a right ACL injury in Thursday's Week 9 loss at Miami.

It's perhaps the most significant defensive injury of the season. Atkins has emerged as the best interior lineman in the league by a wide margin over the past three seasons, dominating against the run while also racking up 18.5 sacks over his last 25 games. Just two months ago, he inked a six-year, $56 million contract that included $31 million guaranteed and $22 million in the first six months. The Bengals have now lost Atkins and top corner Leon Hall (Achilles) for the season. They're losses that will be almost impossible to overcome.

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Bengals DT Geno Atkins was forced from Thursday night's Week 9 game against the Dolphins with a right knee injury.

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Bengals agreed to terms with DT Geno Atkins on a five-year, $55 million contract extension.

Atkins will earn $31 million over the first three years of the deal and he's worth every penny. Atkins has emerged as the game's most dominant 4-3 defensive tackle, racking up 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, four forced fumbles and two batted balls last season. Entering his fourth NFL season, he's already been to the Pro Bowl twice, been a first-team All-Pro once and graded out as ProFootballFocus' No. 1 defensive tackle by an obscene margin last year. Atkins, fellow tackle Domata Peko, left end Carlos Dunlap and right end Michael Johnson make up arguably the league's premier defensive line. Now only Haloti Ngata and Ndamukong Suh have larger contracts at the interior line position than Atkins.