Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah (87) stretches before the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah (knee) exits AFC title game

Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah injured his left knee in the first quarter and exited Sunday’s AFC title game against the host Kansas City Chiefs.

Uzomah returned to the field early in the third quarter in street clothes, sporting crutches and a big knee brace.

NFL.com reported that Uzomah sprained his left MCL and was slated to undergo an MRI exam.

The Bengals initially termed Uzomah as doubtful to return but later downgraded him to out during the third quarter.

Uzomah was hurt on an incomplete pass in which he was the recipient of a hit from Kansas City linebacker Anthony Hitchens. He hobbled to the sideline and was carted to the locker room.

The 29-year-old Uzomah had 13 receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown in Cincinnati’s two playoff victories. The seven-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Bengals established career bests of 49 receptions, 493 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games during the regular season.

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