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Wild Card Bengals vs Steelers: Snap count impacted by multitude of injuries

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Injuries impacted the Bengals more on Saturday than they did all season.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals ended their season with a game where more players were injured than in seemingly any other game this season. During the Bengals' loss to the Steelers on Saturday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, Reggie Nelson, Dre Kirkpatrick, Giovani Bernard and Domata Peko were all injured and left the game. Other players also left momentarily for injuries such as Wallace Gilberry and Jeremy Hill. It took Kirkpatrick getting injured a few times before he left the lineup for good, and he left the stadium on Saturday night on crutches while Peko left in a walking boot. Bernard had a concussion and Nelson injured his ankle. The injuries all impacted the game and backups and rookies took on a bigger role in the process.

  • Safety Derron Smith who has played almost exclusively on special teams this season logged 12 snaps, while cornerback Chris Lewis Harris played 24.
  • Both Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi played a handful of snaps, including plays at the goal line.
  • Mohamed Sanu played more snaps than he has averaged this season with 60 (81%). He caught three passes, two of which came on third down, for 27 yards total.
  • Jeremy Hill played 53% of snaps, while Giovani Bernard played 42%. Bernard left the game in the fourth quarter due to a concussion.
  • Pat Sims played 42% of snaps and recorded a half sack (shared with Carlos Dunlap). This may be a high in regards to snap count for Sims as well. The defensive line rotation was impacted when both Peko and Gilberry were injured.

Here's the full offensive and defensive snap count for the Bengals from their playoff loss to the Steelers:

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK SNAPS PCT
Andy Dalton INACTIVE
AJ McCarron 74 100%
Keith Wenning -- --
RUNNING BACK SNAPS PCT
Jeremy Hill 39 53%
Giovani Bernard 31 42%
Cedric Peerman -- --
Rex Burkhead 6 8%
Ryan Hewitt INACTIVE
WIDE RECEIVER SNAPS PCT
A.J. Green 70 95%
Mohamed Sanu 60 81%
Marvin Jones 69 93%
Brandon Tate -- --
Mario Alford INACTIVE
TIGHT END SNAPS PCT
Tyler Eifert 72 97%
Tyler Kroft 10 14%
C.J. Uzomah 1 1%
OFFENSIVE LINE SNAPS PCT
Andrew Whitworth 74 100%
Clint Boling 74 100%
Kevin Zeitler 74 100%
Russell Bodine 74 100%
Andre Smith 74 100%
Jake Fisher 7 9%
Eric Winston INACTIVE
T.J. Johnson -- --
Cedric Ogbuehi 5 7%

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE END SNAPS PCT
Carlos Dunlap 67 91%
Michael Johnson 58 78%
Wallace Gilberry 40 54%
Will Clarke 6 8%
Margus Hunt INACTIVE
DEFENSIVE TACKLE SNAPS PCT
Geno Atkins 64 86%
Domata Peko 24 32%
Pat Sims 31 42%
DeShawn Williams INACTIVE
Marcus Hardison INACTIVE
LINEBACKER SNAPS PCT
P.J. Dawson -- --
Rey Maualuga 43 58%
Vincent Rey 31 42%
A.J. Hawk 21 28%
Trevor Roach -- --
Vontaze Burfict 74 100%
CORNERBACK SNAPS PCT
Adam Jones 74 100%
Dre Kirkpatrick 44 59%
Josh Shaw 1 1%
Leon Hall 58 78%
Chris Lewis-Harris 24 32%
SAFETY SNAPS PCT
Reggie Nelson 18 24%
George Iloka 74 100%
Shawn Williams 50 68%
Derron Smith 12 16%