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CINCINNATI - Geno Atkins was in the Bengals locker room briefly Wednesday, moving slowly on crutches. [url=http://www.probasketb

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CINCINNATI - Geno Atkins was in the Bengals locker room briefly Wednesday, moving slowly on crutches. Jimmy Butler Team USA Jersey . He declined to answer questions about his torn knee ligament as he headed for a side door and home. Its still too painful to discuss. Still a bit painful for the teammates who will miss him, too. The Bengals (6-3) will try to maintain their lead in the AFC North without their best defensive lineman. Atkins, an All-Pro tackle last season, leads the team with six sacks and is a disruptive force up the middle that Cincinnati already misses badly. "A friend," defensive end Wallace Gilberry said. "A hell of a teammate. Hell of an athlete. I could go on for days." They dont have that much time. The Bengals have a chance to all but clinch their division in the next two weeks when they play at Baltimore (3-5) and host Cleveland (4-5). Back-to-back wins would leave them with a daunting lead heading down the stretch. The Bengals reached the playoffs as a wild card each of the last two seasons. They havent won the division title since 2009. "Honestly we feel like these next two weeks are the biggest of the season because of where we are in the division," left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "We get an opportunity. These games can tilt things one way or the other." Their biggest challenge is filling holes on a defence that has lost some of its best players in the last three weeks. Top cornerback Leon Hall is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga missed a 22-20 overtime loss in Miami last Thursday with a concussion and an injured left knee. Atkins tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the first half of the loss at Miami, a significant setback to a line already missing end Robert Geathers for the season. "You can hear the rumbles of respect that our guys have for him," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said during a conference call on Wednesday. "I can imagine that its going to be a little different in there just because he is such a good player." The Bengals signed defensive tackle Kheeston Randall to fill Atkins roster spot on Tuesday. Randall was the Dolphins seventh-round pick last year and played in 12 games. He was waived by Miami on Aug. 31. Theyll work others into the middle of the line rotation as well. Tackle Brandon Thompson, a second-year player from Clemson, will get much more time in Atkins spot. Thompson played in only three games last season but has played in all nine this year. "I think it was very beneficial to just be able to sit back and learn from those great defensive linemen we have, just to sit back and take a whole year and soak everything in," Thompson said. "I was a sponge last year. I learned so much. I just thank those guys for that." The Bengals had fewer injuries than average in the opening weeks, but have been hit hard lately. With the injuries piling up, coach Marvin Lewis showed his team some statistics about Super Bowl champions overcoming injuries. "You look at the last four or five Super Bowl champions and the amount of people that went on (injured reserve), and theyve overcome it," Lewis said. "You look at those teams, and those teams put double-digit numbers of players on injured reserve. "And their leadership of the team, the maturity of the team, it all plays out." Co-ordinator Mike Zimmer has a reputation for being able to plug newcomers into the defence quickly without having the overall performance suffer. "I guess thats his calling card," safety Chris Crocker said. "He can put in other guys and have them play together and find a way to win. The biggest part is putting somebody in there who knows what to do. "Everybodys athletically gifted and talented. But at this point in the season when you bring in somebody new, you just have to be up to speed on what to do. If you get them to do that, thats 60 to 70 per cent of the battle. Well be fine." Notes: Whitworth, Maualuga and defensive lineman Devon Still (elbow) didnt practice on Wednesday. Whitworth missed the Miami game with a sore right knee. ... RB Giovani Bernard (bruised ribs), LB Mike Boley (hamstring), TE Jermaine Gresham (groin) and guard Kevin Zeitler (hamstring) were limited in practice. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org James Harden Team USA Jersey . Six years of waiting are finally over for the Dallas defenceman. Daley had a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen recorded his fifth shutout of the season, and the Stars clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 3-0 victory against the St. Kevin Love Team USA Jersey . Yup, he definitely needed this one. Craig homered twice and had three RBIs Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Craig went 4 for 5 and Yadier Molina added three hits for the Cardinals, who salvaged the final game of a three-game set in hopes of staying within shouting distance of front-running Milwaukee in the NL Central. http://www.probasketballshop.com/Toronto-Raptors/Toronto-Raptors-Terrence-Ross-Jersey/ . But this time, the Gunners weathered the storm. Arsene Wengers team was on the ropes in the early stages of a lively FA Cup tie, until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal against the run of the play.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings will be glad to leave Pennsylvania behind when they continue their five-game road trip in Fridays meeting with the Detroit Red Wings. The Kings have dropped the first two tilts on their swing, losing a 3-2 overtime decision Tuesday in Philadelphia before falling to Pittsburgh 3-0 on Thursday. The reigning Stanley Cup champions had won six straight before suffering the recent defeats in the Keystone State. Los Angeles also had an eight-game point streak snapped in the Steel City, suffering its first regulation loss since opening the season with a 4-0 home setback against San Jose. The Kings fell behind 2-0 in the first period of Thursdays game and never recovered. Pittsburgh recorded a pair of power-play tallies in the first and went 2-for-6 with the man advantage. Marc-Andre Fleury also stopped 36 shots for the shutout victory. We took way too many penalties and theyre the best power play in the league, Kings forward Dustin Brown said. That was the story of the game. Martin Jones made 20 stops in defeat for the Kings, who played once again without star centerman Anze Kopitar. Kopitar has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury and is questionable for tonight along with fellow forwards Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis, who are both dealing with upper-body injuries. The Kings also continue to be without defenseman Slava Voynov, who is suspended indefinitely by the league after being arrested earlier this month on domestic violence charges. L.A. was able to use its emergency-roster exemption to recall winger David Van der Gulik for Thursdays game after playing with just 11 forwards in Philadelphia. The Kings will return to No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick in net tonight, but Quick is just 6-12-1 with a 3.06 goals against average in his career against Detroitt. Jason Williams Magic Jersey. Detroit is at Joe Louis Arena for just one game before playing its next three on the road. The Wings are 3-1-1 as the host and have won their last two in the Motor City. The Red Wings also have won three straight versus L.A. and have claimed four of five and seven of the last nine encounters in this series. The Kings have lost five straight in Motown since picking up their last win at the Joe on March 9, 2011. The Red Wings boast a 4-1-1 record over their last six games and are coming off Wednesdays 4-2 road victory over Washington. Detroit used a third-period comeback to down the Capitals at Verizon Center and improve to 5-2-2 on the young season. The Wings trailed 2-1 at the end of 40 minutes before scoring three unanswered goals in the third period, including two from Justin Abdelkader. Abdelkader knotted the score at the 4:04 mark of the third and then gave Detroit a 3-2 lead midway through the stanza. He also added an assist for a three-point night. The two-goal performance gave Abdelkader five markers on the season, tying him with Gustav Nyquist for the team lead. Nyquist also scored on Wednesday, as he opened the scoring by tallying off a feed from Abdelkader. Pavel Datsyuk added a power-play tally late in the third to account for the final margin, while Henrik Zetterberg notched two assists. Jimmy Howard stopped 25-of-27 shots for the win, improving to 4-1-2 on the season. We showed some good character there falling behind in the second period and then coming out and playing extremely well in the third, said Howard. Theyre world class players and they work well together; theyve done it for years. Its nice to see them team up here tonight for a couple [goals]. Howard is expected to start tonight and he boasts a 9-6-0 record and 2.40 GAA in 15 career tests against L.A. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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