The Bengals are possibly missing one of the most integral parts of their attack in the rest of the AFC Championship.
During the first quarter, tight end CJ Uzomah sustained a knee injury as he tried to strike a blow with 2:59 left in the frame.
He was later run off the track and was seen crying as he was taken away.
According to the Bengalshe is in doubt about returning to the fight with a left knee injury.
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Uzomah is the longest-running Bengal to have been with the team since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Only player Kevin Huber and long snapper Clark Harris have been on the team longer than Uzomah, as both have been on the team since 2009.
The 29-year-old tight-end was among the most targeted Bengals receivers of the 2021 season, finishing in fourth place this year with 49 receptions and 493 receiving yards. He finished third on the team with five touchdown receptions.
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With Uzomah out, Drew Sample is expected to step up and fill the role of the primary recipient out of the tight-end slot. He caught 11 passes on 81 yards during the 2021 season.
Sample was a more integral part of the team’s offense in 2020, capturing 40 passes for 349 yards with his only career touchdown.
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The loss is huge for a Bengali team that expects to have to keep up with a powerful Chiefs attack. Kansas City gave up 897 yards during the regular season to close ends, the 15th-most in the league.