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CJ Uzomah Doubtful to Return to Bengals vs. Chiefs With Knee Injury, Replaced by Drew Sample

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Cincinnati Bengals tight end CJ Uzomah is doubtful to return to the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a knee injury.

Uzomah suffered the injury in the first quarter after landing awkwardly with a Chiefs defender falling on him on as he leaped for a reception attempt. There was no definitive word on his injury during the game, but the tight end was in tears as he was carted off the field.

The 28-year-old is in his seventh season in the NFL and put up the best numbers in his career. He caught a career-high 49 balls for 493 yards and five touchdowns.

Before exiting the game, Uzomah was held without a catch on two targets. His receiving yard prop was set at 35.5. His price in daily fantasy on DraftKings was $3,400. He was played in an average of 40% of lineups according to Fantasy Labs. 

Replacing Uzomah is Drew Sample. Sample did not have a catch in either playoff game against the Las Vegas Raiders or Tennessee Titans. In his last four games, the largest percentage of snaps he’s played on offense is 33%.

The Chiefs opened the scoring early with a Patrick Mahomes pass to Tyreek Hill. Later, Mahomes found Kelce in the end zone for their second score of the game. Those touchdowns were sandwiched around a Bengals field goal. A Mecole Hardman touchdown in the second quarter made it 21-3.

The Chiefs were seven-point favorites with a total of 55.

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