CJ Uzomah Injury Update For Super Bowl LVI
The Cincinnati Bengals are seeking their first-ever franchise Super Bowl win this Sunday, February 13th, at 6:30 PM EST. This matchup will require superb play from both sides of the field, and all hands need to be on deck to have the best chance for victory. The Bengals are the underdog going into this matchup, and the injuries on the team will weigh heavily on the odds of the Cincinnati team. Tight end CJ Uzomah suffered a knee injury in their AFC Championship game, and his absence has caused distress for the offense. Thankfully, it appears that Uzomah is turning the corner and has potential for a return in his first Super Bowl appearance.
Uzomah’s Importance to Bengals’ Offense
Uzomah went down at the beginning of the AFC Championship game and was ruled out with an MCL sprain. With him on the sideline, the Bengals were still able to secure victory to head to the Super Bowl, but he is a vital part of their offense. In the regular season, Uzomah completed with Joe Burrow 49 times for 493 yards and five touchdowns. He had an extra 13 receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown in his two postseason games. He has proven to be a crucial player in the postseason to help distract defenses away from Ja’Marr Chase. Tight ends have been more vital to teams in recent years, and missing any big offensive player in the Super Bowl can be detrimental. Since the Rams will put heavy coverage on Ja’Marr Chase and will watch the line for Joe Mixon, the extra receiver of Uzomah will be a massive benefit to the team’s offensive plan.
C.J. Uzomah Injury Status
Uzomah has yet to practice with the team since his injury but has been working extensively to get back to a healthy state. Head coach Zac Taylor has not issued a definitive statement on Uzomah’s return yet but has continued to state that the team is feeling more optimistic about his return each day. The team is taking his progress daily to make sure he is at his best health before deciding if he will be active for Super Bowl Sunday. The Bengals staff is especially wary of Uzomah because of his previous history of an Achilles injury that left him on the sideline for most of last season. The last thing the organization wants is to push their tight end too soon, which could result in a more severe injury that could prevent him from playing next season. Although he has not been officially ruled healthy, the odds are looking up for #87, and we all wish him a speedy recovery so he may play in his first Super Bowl.