Super Bowl 2022 injury reports: C.J. Uzomah is active, latest player news, Rams vs. Bengals key roster updates


Super Bowl Sunday 2022 is about to kick off and the Los Angeles Rams (12-5) and Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) are set to play in football’s biggest game. NBC Sports has you covered with all you need to know about the 2022 Super Bowl including all the key injury news and roster updates ahead of kickoff. Super Bowl LVI will air live on NBC and Peacock with coverage beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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Two teams remain with a chance to win it all at Super Bowl LVI and according to PointsBet, Matthew Stafford and the Rams are betting favorites over Joe Burrow and the Bengals. But which players have landed on the injury report ahead of Sunday’s matchup?

Cincinnati Bengals injury report

Update: Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah (knee) is active for Super Bowl LVI against the Rams.

The Bengals listed C.J. Uzomah (knee) as questionable for Super Bowl LVI against the Rams.

Zac Taylor confirmed on Friday that Uzomah is on track to play. Uzomah was limited in practice on Thursday but was able to log a full session on Friday. It looks like he’s good to go to suit up against the Rams — but “Uzomah is unlikely to operate as more than the Bengals’ No. 3 receiving option and could be as low as fifth in the target pecking order, depending on how healthy his knee is.

Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah (knee) told reporters, “I’m not missing the biggest game of my life.”

Uzomah said that he is considered day-to-day, adding that if his knee is a little sore on game day “it’s go time.” Uzomah posted a 13/135/1 receiving line in the opening two rounds of the playoffs.

Click here to see the full Cincinnati Bengals Injury Report

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Los Angeles Rams injury report

Rams place Tyler Higbee (knee) on injured reserve

Higbee is going to sit out the Super Bowl, leaving Kendall Blanton to operate as the full-time starting tight end for the Rams in the Super Bowl. Blanton ran routes on 75% of dropbacks against the 49ers, and that was with Higbee posting a 21% route rate before being injured.

Rams activate Darrell Henderson (knee) from injured reserve

Henderson will give the Rams another option at running back, which head-coach Sean McVay said Wednesday would be “a good, three-back rotation, based on how the game unfolds.” With a Bengals defense that is below average at stopping the run and Akers dealing with a shoulder issue, Henderson has a chance of emerging as the hot hand in the Super Bowl.

Cam Akers (shoulder) practiced in full on Thursday

It’s another good sign at running back for the Rams and should mean he’s active for Super Bowl LVI. Sean McVay has talked up a three-man committee with the return of Darrell Henderson this week, but Akers remains the favorite to get the majority of the snaps for the Rams this week.

Van Jefferson (knee) was upgraded to full in Thursday’s practice

Jefferson has been dealing with a knee injury during the postseason but has played 90% and 87% of the snaps in the last two games. According to NBC Sports EDGE, Jefferson figures to be in line for his usual workload against the Bengals.

Click here to see the full Los Angeles Rams Injury Report

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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

RELATED: NFL’s 2023 international games full of “star power”

When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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