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’s knee sprain ‘encouraging’

Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah suffered an MCL sprain in Sunday’s AFC Championship game and will have a chance to play in the Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor on Monday called the MRI results “encouraging.”

“Don’t know anything further at this point but it seems to be encouraging initially,” Taylor said.

Uzomah injured his left knee in the first quarter and exited Sunday’s 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. He had zero catches on two targets before the injury.

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 first 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.

Super Bowl LVI is Feb. 13 in Los Angeles.

–Field Level Media