The first of many season-ending injuries the Cincinnati Bengals suffered last year was when C.J. Uzomah tore his Achilles in Week 2. Not even eight full quarters into the year, the Bengals were down their starting tight end.
Eight and a half months later, the injury is all behind the 28-year old veteran.
Uzomah spoke with reporters after the team’s fourth OTA session of the offseason. When asked about his recovery, he said he’s 100% recovered.
C.J. Uzomah on his recovery from his Achilles injury: "I don't feel anything. I really, truly feel 100 percent."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) June 1, 2021
Much like ACL injuries, a torn Achilles used to be followed by full-year recoveries. In less than nine months, Uzomah has worked all the way back with three months to spare before the regular season begins.
The Bengals appeared willing to make Uzomah a primary target in their offense last year. Before he went down in their Thursday Night loss to the Cleveland Browns, he was targeted 11 times in just seven quarters of football. He was also the recipient of Joe Burrow’s first career touchdown pass.
Not only would Burrow’s squad benefit from a full year of Uzomah, the seventh-year tight end will want to play as much as possible in the second contract year of his career. There was some talk of Uzomah being a possible cap casualty this offseason, but it became clear the team wanted to see the former fifth-round pick come back and show out in a crucial year.
We’re still over a month away from the Bengals putting on pads for the first time, but when it comes to that, Uzomah will be more than ready.