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Snap count observations: Injuries uncommon for the typically durable Hali, Houston

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11/26/2013 9:53 AM

05/16/2014 10:50 AM

Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 41-38 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 24. Numbers provided by the NFL.

• The fact Tamba Hali and Justin Houston both got injured in the very same quarter Sunday seems pretty fluky in retrospect, especially when you consider that those two — along with linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry — were the only starters to play every defensive snap of every game since the season opener against Jacksonville.

Now, only Berry, Johnson and center Rodney Hudson have played every snap since then.

• Talk about being thrown into the fire. Thanks to the injuries to Houston and Hali, outside linebackers Frank Zombo (57 snaps) and Dezman Moses (43 snaps) each logged a season-high defensive plays snaps on Sunday. Neither had played a defensive snap since the Chiefs’ season-opening win over Jacksonville, when Zombo played nine and Moses played six.

• Some interesting stuff going on with Akeem Jordan right now. He only played 17 percent of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps Sunday, just one week after he played just 11 percent of the defensive snaps. Mind you, this is the Chiefs’ starter at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson in their 3-4 defense. The fact the Chiefs have used him so little speaks to the pass-happy nature of Denver and San Diego, their last two opponents. He’ll probably be stuck on the bench again this week in the rematch against the Broncos.

• Defensive end Allen Bailey played a season-high 49 snaps on Sunday. He started in place of Mike DeVito.

• Newly-acquired defensive tackle Kyle Love played two snaps Sunday, both on the goal line.

• Defensive end Mike Catapano and cornerback Ron Parker each played a defensive snap, marking the first time in weeks either player has seen the field on defense. Parker logged his first snap since Week 2, when he played five snaps and had a strip and a sack against Dallas. Catapano logged his first snap since Week 6 against Oakland, when he played five snaps.

Offense

• Knile Davis continues to see his time fluctuate on offense. After logging 12 snaps against Denver, he logged five against San Diego. But the Chiefs found another way to use him. For the first time I can recall, the Chiefs used Davis on kick coverage. He didn’t have a tackle, but he did play five snaps on that unit (the gamebook says he played six total snaps on special teams, but I can’t find the other one).

davis • Rishaw Johnson earned his first action of the season on the offensive line Sunday. He came in for Geoff Schwartz at right guard on the Chiefs’ tackle-eligible plays, which they ran on the goal line. Schwartz then shifted over to the tight end position next to Branden Albert, a position Donald Stephenson used to man before he was thrust into the starting lineup Sunday. It’s worth noting that Johnson did a decent enough job on Jamaal Charles’ 1-yard touchdown run, when he was asked to pull to his left and block linebacker Manti Te’o. Check out big No. 75 in the .gif below.
Pos., Name Off. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
LT Branden Albert 64 100% 6 16%
vs. Denver 78 100% 3 9%
G Geoff Schwartz 64 100% 6 16%
vs. Denver 16 21% 3 9%
C Rodney Hudson 64 100% 6 16%
vs. Denver 78 100% 3 9%
LG Jeff Allen 64 100% 6 16%
vs. Denver 78 100% 3 9%
RT D. Stephenson 64 100% 6 16%
vs. Denver 7 9% 3 9%
QB Alex Smith 64 100%
vs. Denver 78 100%
RB Jamaal Charles 59 92%
vs. Denver 65 83%
WR Dwayne Bowe 54 84%
vs. Denver 68 87%
TE Anthony Fasano 51 80%
vs. Denver 71 91%
WR Donnie Avery 50 78%
vs. Denver 71 91%
WR Dexter McCluster 40 62% 6 16%
vs. Denver 52 67% 7 21%
FB Anthony Sherman 20 31% 24 65%
vs. Denver 23 29% 18 55%
TE Sean McGrath 17 27% 1 3%
vs. Denver 17 22%
WR Junior Hemingway 14 22% 19 51%
vs. Denver 15 19% 20 61%
WR A.J. Jenkins 8 12%
vs. Denver 2 3%
RB Knile Davis 5 8% 6 16%
vs. Denver 12 15% 3 9%
OG Rishaw Johnson 2 3% 6 16%
vs. Denver
RB Cyrus Gray 24 65%
vs. Denver 1 1% 24 73%
K Ryan Succop 13 35%
vs. Denver 7 21%
LS Thomas Gafford 10 27%
vs. Denver 10 30%
Pos., Name Def. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
ILB Derrick Johnson 70 100% 3 11%
vs. Denver 80 100% 3 11%
CB Brandon Flowers 70 100%
vs. Denver 80 100%
S Eric Berry 70 100%
vs. Denver 80 100%
CB Sean Smith 69 99%
vs. Denver 79 99%
NT Dontari Poe 68 97% 7 19%
vs. Denver 80 100% 3 11%
S Kendrick Lewis 65 93%
vs. Denver 79 99%
CB Marcus Cooper 58 83% 12 32%
vs. Denver 68 85% 12 36%
LB Frank Zombo 57 81% 25 68%
vs. Denver 24 73%
S Quintin Demps 56 80% 15 41%
vs. Denver 72 90% 4 12%
DE Allen Bailey 49 70% 12 32%
vs. Denver 45 56% 4 12%
LB Dezman Moses 43 61% 19 51%
vs. Denver 19 70%
DE Tyson Jackson 31 44% 7 19%
vs. Denver 22 28% 4 12%
OLB Justin Houston 27 39% 1 3%
vs. Denver 80 100% 3 11%
OLB Tamba Hali 13 19% 1 3%
vs. Denver 80 100% 3 11%
ILB Akeem Jordan 12 17% 28 76%
vs. Denver 9 11% 23 79%
S Husain Abdullah 7 10% 31 84%
vs. Denver 7 9% 30 91%
DE Kyle Love 2 3%
vs. Denver
CB Ron Parker 1 1% 31 84%
vs. Denver 30 91%
DE Mike Catapano 1 1% 14 38%
vs. Denver 18 55%
LB J. Johnson 24 65%
vs. Denver 24 73%
CB Sanders Commings 3 4% 23 62%
vs. Denver 3 4% 21 64%
P Dustin Colquitt 10 27%
vs. Denver 10 30%

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