If the Cincinnati Bengals are to rebound from one of the worst performances in recent memory, they'll need their All-Pro defensive tackle to do so.
The problem is, Geno Atkins suffered a knee injury during Cincinnati's 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football, one year after tearing the ACL in the same knee on TNF in a loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The good news is the injury wasn't a re-tear of the ACL, but it is a notable injury, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
#Bengals DT Geno Atkins suffered a slight hyperextension of his surgically repaired knee last night, source said. Injury is a minor one— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2014
It's hard to know if Atkins will miss any time without knowing the severity of the injury. For comparison, Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins suffered a hyperextended knee in a Week 1 loss to Carolina, but played the very next week against the St. Louis Rams in Week 2.
Given that the Bengals will have 10 days off until heading to New Orleans for a Week 11 matchup with the red-hot Saints, it's realistic to expect Atkins to play in that game, but we'll still need to monitor his progress over the next week.
At this point, it's hard to see the Bengals winning many more games this year if Atkins misses significant time. He's just now starting to look like the All-Pro he was before tearing his ACL a year ago.