Oct 6, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals releasing DT Geno Atkins after 11 seasons

The Geno Atkins era in Cincinnati ended on Friday, with Bengals coach Zac Taylor announcing the release of the eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle.

Atkins, who turns 33 later this month, made the Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s during his 11-year tenure in Cincinnati.

He was a first-team All-Pro in 2012 and 2015 and ranks second in franchise history with 75.5 sacks, trailing longtime teammate Carlos Dunlap (82.5).

Atkins ended the 2020 season on injured reserve due to a nagging shoulder injury sustained in training camp. He finished with just one tackle in eight games and was held without a sack for the first time in his career.

Releasing Atkins saves the Bengals $9.5 million against the 2021 salary cap, according to Spotrac.

A fourth-round pick in 2010, Atkins played in 161 games (134 starts) and registered 384 tackles, 172 quarterback hits, 100 tackles for loss and eight forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

Sep 22, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) jogs off the field following his sack of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (not pictured) during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals place Atkins on IR, ending season

The Cincinnati Bengals placed veteran defensive tackle Geno Atkins on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending a season hampered from the start by a nagging shoulder injury he endured in training camp.

Atkins, 32, finished the season with one tackle in eight games. He was also held without a sack in a season for the first time in his career.

A fourth-round pick in 2010, Atkins has spent his entire career with the Bengals and amassed 75.5 sacks.

Atkins, who is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, has two years remaining on a four-year, $65 million contract.

The Bengals also returned defensive end Amani Bledsoe from the reserve/COVID-19 list to the active roster on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 6, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

DT Atkins set to make season debut for Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins is expected to play this weekend for the first time this season, coach Zac Taylor said Friday.

Atkins has been out with a shoulder injury he sustained during the preseason. The 32-year-old was a full participant in practice on Friday.

“I expect Geno to play on Sunday,” Taylor said. “He’s done a great job working himself back in at practices. We feel like this week he is ready to go.”

Atkins has been a stalwart for the Bengals since they selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In 153 games (134 starts) with the franchise, he has recorded 75.5 sacks, 383 tackles, 171 quarterback hits and eight forced fumbles.

“Mentally, physically, he’s ready to go,” Taylor said.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Atkins was a first-team All-Pro in 2012 and 2015.

The Bengals (1-2-1) will meet the Ravens (3-1) in Baltimore on Sunday in an AFC North showdown.

–Field Level Media

Oct 6, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals rule out DL Atkins, Daniels for Week 2

Cincinnati defensive linemen Geno Atkins and Mike Daniels have been ruled out of the Bengals’ Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns.

Atkins (shoulder) missed Week 1 while Daniels played in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers but injured his groin.

The pair join safety Shawn Williams (calf) and guard Xavier Su’a-Filo (ankle, IR) who will be out vs. the Browns.

Placekicker Randy Bullock (calves) was a full participant in practice Tuesday and Wednesday.

–Field Level Media