Atkins, 32, has been battling a shoulder injury he suffered during training camp.
The 11th-year player out of Georgia was limited in his usage throughout the entire season because of the injury. The Bengals primarily used him as a pass-rusher on third downs. He hasn't played more than 30% of the team's defensive snaps in any game this season.
Atkins will finish the season without a sack for the first time in his career. He accumulated 75.5 sacks in his previous 10 years, good for the second most in franchise history.
Atkins was a Pro Bowl selection in 2019 and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team. He has two more years remaining on a four-year deal worth more than $65 million.