The final injury reports of the 2021 season have been submitted. The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams released their final updates on Friday in advance of Super Bowl LVI, which will be played Sunday at SoFi Stadium.
Both teams are relatively healthy after playing 17 regular-season games and three playoff games. Only two Bengals players did not practice in full on Friday. The Rams, meanwhile, are set to go with just one starter set to be sidelined.
Here’s a rundown of each team’s injury report ahead of Sunday’s game.
Only one player is officially listed on Cincinnati’s injury report: tight end C.J. Uzomah (groin), who suffered his injury during the Bengals’ AFC Championship win over the Chiefs. The pass-catcher was limited at practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday’s session, but he returned in full capacity on Friday and is expected to suit up for the big game.
Offensive lineman Jackson Carman (back) was also a limited participant earlier in the week but wasn’t listed on the final report after practicing in full on both Thursday and Friday. Coach Zac Taylor previously alluded to possibly starting Carman at right guard against the Rams. Carman played in 51% of the Bengals’ offensive snaps during their AFC title game win in Kansas City.
Receiver Stanley Morgan (hamstring) was limited all week but will face the Rams on Sunday.
Zero players will enter Sunday’s game with an official injury designation, but the Rams placed a pair of players — tight end Tyler Higbee (knee) and offensive lineman Joe Noteboom (chest) — on injured reserve, making them ineligible to suit up. Higbee, who initially went down in the NFC Championship, will be replaced by Kendall Blanton in the Super Bowl.
Other big names, including running back Cam Akers (shoulder), wide receiver Van Jefferson (knee), left tackle Andrew Whitworth (quad), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (shoulder) and safety Taylor Rapp (concussion), were all full participants at practice by the end of the week, clearing them for action.
Los Angeles also activated running back Darrell Henderson off injured reserve ahead of the weekend, giving them added insurance in the backfield. Coach Sean McVay indicated in the days leading up to the Super Bowl that he plans to include Henderson alongside Akers and Sony Michel in the running back rotation against the Bengals.