C.J. Uzomah could end up playing in Super Bowl LVI despite injury

C.J. Uzomah, Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
C.J. Uzomah, Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals received good news about C.J. Uzomah’s injury last week, and it seems the tight end is hell-bent on playing in the Super Bowl regardless of his recovery timeline.

Uzomah reportedly sprained his MCL during the Bengals’ AFC Championship matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, causing him to sit out for the rest of the game.

With the Super Bowl less than a week away, Uzomah’s status remains “day to day,” but his mentality is pointing toward one answer and one answer only: he’s playing in the Super Bowl. He wouldn’t miss it for the world.

In meetings with the media on Monday, Uzomah said:

"“It’s the Super Bowl. I’m doing everything I can. I don’t really care too much about how I’m feeling, to be honest, when I’m out there…I’m not missing the biggest game of my life. I’m not missing it.”"

Bengals’ tight end C.J. Uzomah is doing everything he can to play in the Super Bowl

If Uzomah isn’t healthy enough to suit up, Drew Sample would likely take his place, but Sample serves as more of a blocking tight end than a pass-catching one.

Against a tough Rams defense, Joe Burrow will need all the targets he can get, and his chemistry with Uzomah has grown stronger throughout the 2021 season.

The veteran tight end is enjoying his career-best season this year, recording highs in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns, and Uzomah currently ranks fourth on the team in total yardage.

Uzomah is right about one thing: the Super Bowl will likely be the biggest game of his life, and it would be truly heart-shattering if Uzomah had to watch his team from the sidelines.

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Here’s hoping Uzomah recovers in time to help the Bengals win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.