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

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.


• 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 Albert64100%616%
vs. Denver78100%39%
G Geoff Schwartz64100%616%
vs. Denver1621%39%
C Rodney Hudson 64100%616%
vs. Denver78100%39%
LG Jeff Allen64100%616%
vs. Denver78100%39%
RT D. Stephenson64100%616%
vs. Denver79%39%
QB Alex Smith64100%
vs. Denver78100%
RB Jamaal Charles5992%
vs. Denver6583%
WR Dwayne Bowe5484%
vs. Denver6887%
TE Anthony Fasano5180%
vs. Denver7191%
WR Donnie Avery5078%
vs. Denver7191%
WR Dexter McCluster4062%616%
vs. Denver5267%721%
FB Anthony Sherman2031%2465%
vs. Denver2329%1855%
TE Sean McGrath1727%13%
vs. Denver1722%
WR Junior Hemingway 1422%1951%
vs. Denver1519%2061%
WR A.J. Jenkins812%
vs. Denver23%
RB Knile Davis58%616%
vs. Denver1215%39%
OG Rishaw Johnson23%616%
vs. Denver
RB Cyrus Gray2465%
vs. Denver11%2473%
K Ryan Succop1335%
vs. Denver721%
LS Thomas Gafford1027%
vs. Denver1030%
Pos., Name Def. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
ILB Derrick Johnson70100%311%
vs. Denver80100%311%
CB Brandon Flowers70100%
vs. Denver80100%
S Eric Berry70100%
vs. Denver80100%
CB Sean Smith6999%
vs. Denver7999%
NT Dontari Poe6897%719%
vs. Denver80100%311%
S Kendrick Lewis6593%
vs. Denver7999%
CB Marcus Cooper5883%1232%
vs. Denver6885%1236%
LB Frank Zombo5781%2568%
vs. Denver2473%
S Quintin Demps5680%1541%
vs. Denver7290%412%
DE Allen Bailey4970%1232%
vs. Denver4556%412%
LB Dezman Moses4361%1951%
vs. Denver1970%
DE Tyson Jackson3144%719%
vs. Denver2228%412%
OLB Justin Houston2739%13%
vs. Denver80100%311%
OLB Tamba Hali1319%13%
vs. Denver80100%311%
ILB Akeem Jordan1217%2876%
vs. Denver911%2379%
S Husain Abdullah710%3184%
vs. Denver79%3091%
DE Kyle Love23%
vs. Denver
CB Ron Parker11%3184%
vs. Denver3091%
DE Mike Catapano11%1438%
vs. Denver1855%
LB J. Johnson2465%
vs. Denver2473%
CB Sanders Commings34%2362%
vs. Denver34%2164%
P Dustin Colquitt1027%
vs. Denver1030%
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