Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that Uzomah underwent surgery to address his season-ending Achilles injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Uzomah tore his right Achilles' tendon in the Week 2 loss to the Browns, spoiling what had been a solid outing up to that point (four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown). With Uzomah now turning his focus to rehabbing his leg and getting healthy for 2020, the Bengals will rely on Drew Sample to step in as their new starting tight end. Cethan Carter and Mason Schreck will handle depth roles behind Sample.
Uzomah (Achilles) has been placed on IR by the Bengals.
Uzomah tore his right Achilles in Thursday's loss to the Browns and is out for the season. As a result, Drew Sample figures to step into the starting role at tight end for the Bengals, with Cethan Carter and Mason Schreck in reserve.
Coach Zac Taylor said Uzomah suffered a torn Achilles and is out of the season, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
The 27-year-old was carted off the field after suffering the injury during Thursday's loss to the Browns, and his season will come to an end after only two games. Uzomah was off to a strong start this season with eight catches for 87 yards and one touchdown. Drew Sample figures to step into the starting role at tight end for the Bengals, with Cethan Carter the only other tight end on the roster.
Uzomah has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Browns due to a right Achilles injury, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Uzomah was carted off the field in the fourth quarter and never appeared to have a real chance to return, so Cincinnati's decision to rule him out isn't necessarily an indication of the severity of his injury. However, Achilles' injuries are always worrying by nature. Uzomah logged four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown before leaving the field Thursday. If Uzomah is forced to miss time beyond Week 2, Drew Sample figures to take over starting tight end duties in his stead.
Uzomah exited Thursday's divisional match against the Browns due to an apparent knee injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Uzomah was injured while making a grab in the fourth quarter, and he quickly clutched his right knee and removed his helmet. The 27-year-old then had to be carted off the field. In Uzomah's stead, Drew Sample will see added opportunities at tight end.
Uzomah caught four of five targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Chargers.
Uzomah recorded more than 45 yards in a game just twice last season, as he mostly played second fiddle to the Tyler Eifert. With Eifert in Jacksonville now, Uzomah is the clear No. 1 TE and played 72 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday -- a percentage he surpassed only in Week 17 last year. Still, Uzomah is the fourth target at best for rookie QB Joe Burrow behind A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon, so he's not a very dependable fantasy asset.
Uzomah finished the season with a second consecutive strong performance, catching five passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Browns. He was on the field for 53 offensive snaps, good for a 77 percent snap share.
Uzomah was asked to handle more of the blocking duties between the Bengals' top two tight ends, and with them protecting a lead against the Browns for most of their season finale, he was on the field far more often than Tyler Eifert. Eifert is a free agent this offseason, so it's possible that Uzomah will be free to improve upon his 2019 production, which saw him at 27 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
Uzomah scored for the first time this season and caught all four of his targets for 37 yards in Sunday's loss to Miami.
Uzomah still can't be relied upon to get a steady stream of targets, but the Bengals have gotten better work from their offensive line lately, freeing him up to run more routes.
Uzomah had just one catch for eight yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Pats.
Third-string tight end Cethan Carter scored his first career TD while Uzomah was barely used, highlighting how far from fantasy value the veteran has become.
Uzomah had only one catch for four yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Browns.
After a rare outburst in the passing game last week, Uzomah retreated back to blocking duties this week, despite being on the field for 45 offensive snaps.
Uzomah caught five of six targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 22-6 win over the Jets.
Uzomah's lone missed connection with Andy Dalton was more memorable than any of his catches, as the tight end dropped what would have been a sure touchdown on a third down in close. Despite that drop, Uzomah still set a season high in catches and recorded his highest yardage total since Week 1. Uzomah still hasn't found the end zone this season.
Uzomah was held without a catch and had just one target in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
About the only hope for Uzomah is that he's on the field more often than Tyler Eifert in terms of snaps, but all too often his role is to block. He's had just one target inside the 10-yard line all season.
Uzomah had two catches for five yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.
After catching four passes for 66 yards in the season opener, Uzomah hasn't matched that yard total with the rest of his games combined in the ensuing nine games, with just seven catches for 51 yards since then.
Uzomah played 42 offensive snaps and didn't receive a target in Sunday's 49-13 loss to the Ravens.
Rookie signal caller Ryan Finley tossed the ball 30 times but didn't look Uzomah's way. Uzomah's third catchless outing of the year leaves him with just nine receptions for 112 yards and zero touchdowns over nine games this year, and a major chunk of that production came from a four-catch, 66-yard Week 1 performance.
Uzomah played 47 of a possible 83 offensive snaps (57 percent) during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Rams in London.
Uzomah managed a four-yard reception on two targets as the No. 2 option behind Tyler Eifert. He's mainly used in a blocking role, as Uzomah has run routes on just 64.7 percent of snaps this year, while Eifert's mark is 88.8 percent. His limited usage in the passing game has turned into just nine catches for 112 yards this year.
Uzomah was held without a target in the Bengals' Week 7 loss to the Jaguars.
The Bengals signed Uzomah to a three-year, $18 million contract extension in March, but after a four-catch, 66-yard game in Week 1, he's had seven targets in the ensuing six weeks. He's been asked to block more frequently, plus the Bengals frequently go with an 11 formation and have split the TE snaps between Uzomah, Eifert and even Drew Sample.
Uzomah caught two of three targets for 26 total yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to Baltimore.
Uzomah made his biggest mark early in the second quarter, taking a pass over the middle and barreling ahead for 22 yards. Uzomah has caught multiple passes in back-to-back games after being catchless in the prior three contests. He's unlikely to see many passes, so Uzomah's value depends on big plays with 53.7 percent of his 108 yards on the season coming on just two plays. He'll have a shot to make a play or two downfield against a Jaguars pass defense that is 25th in the league in opponent receiving yards per catch at 12.3 and just traded away Jalen Ramsey.
Uzomah snagged a pair of eight-yard completions during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Arizona.
It's not much, but 16 total yards is progress for Uzomah, who had been held catchless since his 66-yard season debut in Week 1. That rough stretch came against a couple of tough pass defenses, including Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Uzomah turned the corner a little against Arizona's 25th-ranked pass defense and now follows with a matchup against Baltimore's 27th-rated unit. He probably won't put enough together to warrant fantasy consideration, but at least the catchless outings should be held at bay.
Uzomah did not haul in his only target during Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.
Uzomah continues to struggle to find his groove after a four-catch, 66-yard debut in Week 1. He hasn't caught a pass since as the Bengals have scored just 37 points over the past three games. The Bengals are going up against a Cardinals defense in Week 5 that has had bad luck against tight ends this season, but the Bengals offense is probably not something you want to hitch your wagon to at this point.
Uzomah was held without a catch for the second week in a row in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Unlike last week, at least Uzomah was targeted ... albeit only once among his 28 offensive snaps. Tyler Eifert has clearly surpassed on the priority list in the Bengals passing game.
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