Rams vs. Bengals injury report: Who’s in, who’s out for Super Bowl

By | February 10, 2022

Super Bowl 56 is here. Unfortunately for both the Rams and Bengals, several players won’t be available to play in it.

Both teams have several key contributors who will miss the biggest game of the season, but the Bengals got good news on a key player ahead of kickoff.

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Tight end C.J. Uzomah is officially active for the game after leaving the AFC Championship Game in the first quarter with a knee injury. 

Here are the inactive players for both teams. 

Rams inactives for Super Bowl

Player Position
Tremayne Anchrum Jr. OL
Bobby Brown III DL
Blake Countess DB
Jake Funk RB
Chris Garrett OLB
Terrell Lewis OLB
Bryce Perkins QB

Bengals inactives for Super Bowl

Player Position
Mike Daniels DT
Vernon Hargreaves CB
Trenton Irwin WR
Fred Johnson OL
Wyatt Ray DE
Tyler Shelvin DT
Trayveon Williams RB

Here’s a breakdown of the players listed on the teams’ respective injury reports during Super Bowl week:

Rams on injury report

Player Position Injury Game Status
Joe Noteboom OL Chest OUT (injured reserve)
Cam Akers RB Shoulder
Christian Rozeboom LB Elbow
Tyler Higbee TE Knee OUT (injured reserve)
Grant Haley CB Quadricep
Taylor Rapp S Concussion
Van Jefferson WR Knee
Jalen Ramsey DB Shoulder
Andrew Whitworth OL Quadricep

Tyler Higbee and Joe Noteboom were placed on injured reserve Friday and won’t play in Super Bowl 56.

Losing Higbee is a not-insignificant blow to the Rams’ passing attack: He is second on the team with 61 receptions, is third on the team with 560 yards and ranks tied for third in touchdown receptions (five). Kendall Blanton, who caught his first touchdown of the season against the Buccaneers, will step up in his place if he can’t go.

“We’re just taking it a day at a time with those guys,” McVay said of both players earlier this week (via Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic). “They’re doing everything in their power to be available, and I’ll probably be able to give you a better answer as we get closer to the game, but there’s no change on those guys’ status.”

Rams of note on injured reserve

Player Position Injury
Jordan Fuller DB Ankle
Tyler Higbee TE Knee
Joe Noteboom OL Chest
Robert Woods WR Knee
Darrell Henderson Jr.* RB Knee
Sebastian Joseph-Day* DL Pectoral

It’s not all bad news for the Rams: Running back Darrell Henderson Jr. and defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day have been designated to return for the Super Bowl, and McVay expressed optimism they would be available to play.

Henderson played in 12 games (starting 10), racking up 688 yards and five touchdowns off 4.6 yards per carry. Joseph-Day started in all seven games he played in this season, tallying 38 tackles, three for loss, and five quarterback hits. His return would only bolster a group that includes Aaron Donald, A’Shawn Robinson and Greg Gaines.

*Designated to return from IR

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Bengals on injury report

Player Position Injury Game Status
Cam Sample EDGE Groin
C.J. Uzomah TE Knee
Josh Tupou DT Knee
Stanley Morgan WR Hamstring
Jackson Carman G Back

Several players were upgraded to full participants on Wednesday, but the biggest players still listed on the injury report were either inactive or limited in practice: Uzomah and Carman, respectively. That said, Uzomah is reported to have looked good doing individual work, while Carman was a full participant Thursday and Friday.

Uzomah being cleared is a significant boost to the Bengals offense, as he has 49 receptions for 493 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Carman’s participation will also be tantamount to the Bengals’ success. The second-round pick played 51 percent of Cincinnati’s snaps against the Chiefs and will go a long way in providing some continuity to an offensive line unit that not only has been ravaged by injuries but also faces one of the league’s best defensive line units.

Bengals of note on injured reserve

Player Position Injury
Larry Ogunjobi LB Foot
Riley Reiff OL Ankle
Auden Tate WR Calf