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Bengals Week 11 snap counts impacted with onslaught of injuries

Young Bengals players like James Wright, Alex Erickson, Darqueze Dennard, Derron Smith and Nick Vigil saw their playing time increase on Sunday due to injuries at their respective positions.

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The Bengals had a Sunday afternoon that most fans --and the team-- would rather forget.

At least two key players are injured, with at least one of those injuries being season ending for running back Giovani Bernard. A.J. Green reportedly has a hamstring tear which may end his season, too.

And, those weren't the only injuries on Sunday. Dre Kirkpatrick, Shawn Williams, Vontaze Burfict, Vincent Rey, Tyler Eifert and Clark Harris all left the game with injuries and only the latter four returned. Harris played one additional snap after injured and that looked to be a mistake as he was in clear pain.

Because of those injuries, the Bengals saw some pretty significant changes to their snap counts in Week 11 against the Bills. And, changes will continue in order to compensate for the losses of injured players going forward.

  • Cedric Ogbuehi played the least percentage of time he's played all year on Sunday. Eric Winston replaced him, as he's been doing, and earned 58% of the snaps at right tackle on Sunday.
  • The wide receiver snap count breakdown is probably not what you'd expect. Brandon LaFell played the most snaps (which he normally does) getting 95% of the offensive reps. Next up was James Wright who played 81% of snaps, and then the Bengals' receiving yards leader on Sunday, Tyler Boyd, who played 74% of snaps.
  • At running back, Giovani Bernard got the most work (55% of snaps), which will not be the case again the season. Jeremy Hill played 40% of snaps and Rex Burkhead played 5%, all on the final drive of the afternoon.
  • Even with Green out and the running game clearly needing to be utilized more, Ryan Hewitt only played 10 snaps on Sunday. It's still anyone's guess as to why he's not receiving more playing time.
  • Domata Peko is playing way too many snaps. He played 60% of the defensive snaps on Sunday and was making tons of mistakes on the field. The Bengals cannot afford to have him playing that much.
  • Margus Hunt and Will Clarke continue to see their workload diminish as Hunt played 5 snaps and Clarke 14.
  • Meanwhile, Wallace Gilberry who was signed two weeks ago and hurt last week saw more playing time with 20 defensive snaps. That's pretty telling as to what the Bengals think about Hunt and Clarke.
  • At safety, Derron Smith stepped up with 43 snaps after Williams left the game injured. Rookie Clayton Fejedelem still did not see any playing time on defense.
Here's the full offensive and defensive snap count for the Bengals in Week 11 against the Bills:

Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 73 100%
Clint Boling 73 100%
Russell Bodine 73 100%
Cedric Ogbuehi 32 44%
Andrew Whitworth 73 100%
T.J. Johnson -- --
Jake Fisher 8 11%
Eric Winston 42 58%
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight End Tyler Eifert 62 85%
Tyler Kroft 17 23%
Quarterback Andy Dalton 73 100%
AJ McCarron -- --
Wide Receiver A.J. Green 2 3%
Tyler Boyd 54 74%
Brandon LaFell 69 95%
James Wright 59 81%
Alex Erickson 9 12%
Running Back Jeremy Hill 29 40%
Giovani Bernard 40 55%
Rex Burkhead 4 5%
Fullback/H-Back Ryan Hewitt 10 14%
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Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins 45 69%
Domata Peko 39 60%
Pat Sims 29 45%
Defensive End Margus Hunt 5 8%
Will Clarke 14 22%
Carlos Dunlap 52 80%
Michael Johnson 56 86%
Wallace Gilberry 20 31%
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 50 77%
Vincent Rey 46 71%
Nick Vigil 11 17%
Vontaze Burfict 57 88%
Marquis Flowers -- --
Safety George Iloka 65 100%
Shawn Williams 22 34%
Derron Smith 43 66%
Clayton Fejedelem -- --
Cornerback Adam Jones 65 100%
Dre Kirkpatrick 42 65%
Josh Shaw 20 31%
Chykie Brown -- --
Darqueze Dennard 34 52%