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CINCINNATI – The Bengals have received a glimmer of good news about one of their core players.
The initial tests of CJ Uzomah’s knee injury were marked as “encouraging” by coach Zac Taylor on Monday, after the close end left Sunday’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Taylor said Uzomah appears to have suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee.
“I do not know anything more at the moment, but it seems to be encouraging at first,” Taylor said.
The seventh-year player from Auburn went down in the first quarter after jumping to catch a pass from quarterback Joe Burrow that went incomplete. Uzomah stumbled off the track before finally being taken by ambulance to the locker room.
Uzomah returned to the sidelines later in the match and was seen wearing a protective brace on his left leg during the celebration after the match.
“I had to be out there for those guys,” Uzomah told the team’s website. “I would not have missed that.”
The veteran’s tight-end told the team’s website that he thinks there’s a chance he could play in the Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13 against the Los Angeles Rams.
IN a tweet after the victoryUzomah thanked fans for their prayers and said he was “focused on getting it right” for Cincinnati’s game against the Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
After returning from an Achilles injury that ended his 2020 season in Week 2, Uzomah has been a contributing part of Cincinnati’s offense, helping the team with its first Super Bowl appearance since 1989. In this year’s playoffs. races he has 13 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.