It would appear C.J. Uzomah has avoided a major injury.
During his Monday press conference, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that it appears Uzomah’s injury is an MCL sprain. That’s wonderful news if true after Uzomah had to be carted to the locker room while in tears, making it appear his injury was much more severe.
Zac Taylor says TE C.J. Uzomah's knee injury is "encouraging so far, looks like an MCL sprain." Doesn't know more at this point.— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) January 31, 2022
Adding to this, NFL Network reporter James Palmer says the Bengals believe there’s a chance Uzomah is able to go in Super Bowl 56 vs. the Los Angeles Rams.
I was told after the game last night that the #bengals were optimistic C.J. Uzomah had a decent chance at being able to play in the Super Bowl. This is the result they were hoping/expecting this morning. Fingers crossed. https://t.co/rAqBto3eCJ— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 31, 2022
The most important thing here will be Uzomah not having a significant injury for the second straight year after he tore his Achilles in Week 2 of the 2020 season.
No matter the extent of his injury, CJ Uzomah cannot, will not be stopped. pic.twitter.com/PXJARIbDJp— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) January 31, 2022
The Cincinnati Bengals managed to put three points on the board against the Kansas City Chiefs, but they lost one of their leaders in the process.
Tight end C.J. Uzomah suffered an apparent knee injury whilst trying to haul in a pass during the offense’s second drive in the first quarter. The veteran managed to get off the field on his own, but he was soon carted back to the locker room while in tears. He’s officially doubtful to return.
TE C.J. Uzomah was just carted off, heading back to the Bengals locker room.— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) January 30, 2022
Really hope it's nothing serious for C.J.
It didn’t look good for Uzomah after the play, and sure enough, the cart took Uzomah back inside the stadium after Evan McPherson’s field goal.
Uzomah has been a great story for Cincinnati this season as the NFL world began learning about one of the locker room’s most outspoken leaders. His absence will be felt on the field and the sidelines.
Drew Sample, the team’s second-round pick in 2019, came in for Uzomah and figures to take his snaps for the remainder of the game.