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Snap Judgments: Injuries Impact Playing Time For Redskins In Week 8

The tie overshadowed how many contributors missed game time which makes the upcoming bye timely for the Redskins.

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins' tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.

* Rookie Robert Kelley made his debut as a starter on Sunday, while Matt Jones dealt with knee soreness that affected his lateral movement. Kelley played just under half the game, 43 snaps, but churned out a solid day of work with 21 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. Change of pace back Chris Thompson continues to play the majority of games with 48 snaps because of his strength as a pass protector. Thompson carried the ball 7 times for only 14 yards, but added five catches for 27 yards. The ground game has not been dominant this year, but there was not a drop off without Jones and most importantly there were no fumbles. Jay Gruden said on Monday after the tie that Jones could earn playing time even though Kelley played well.

* For the second week in a row, Donte Whitner played every single defensive snap (88). Whitner was the stabilizing force while Will Blackmon (thumb) and Duke Ihenacho only played half the game due in part to injuries. Whitner was the team's second leading tackler on Sunday with nine. 

* At the cornerback position, Josh Norman played 85 snaps and rookie Kendall Fuller played a career-high 73 plays. Dashaun Phillips was inactive for the second week in a row as Fuller continues to develop. On the other hand, but Bashaud Breeland only played 51 snaps due to his ankle injury, leaving more work for Quinton Dunbar (37).

* Su'a Cravens played a career-high 30 snaps in his second game back from a concussion injury. The rookie linebacker finished the game with two tackles, a sack, and a pass defense for an overall good day of work.

* With DeSean Jackson leaving early with a head contusion injury, 32 snaps, Ryan Grant was on the field for a season-high 51 snaps as the team's third wide receiver. Pierre Garcon, 78 snaps, and Jamison Crowder, 64 snaps, saw their usual workhorse playing time, while rookie Maurice Harris was mixed in for 14 plays. Crowder led the group in production with 9 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Garcon added 6 catches for 67 yards. Jackson was targeted deep twice: one resulted in a meaningless interception on third-and-14, while the other was a 38-yard completion that ended his day after a hit to the head area.

* Looking at the tight end group, Jordan Reed played 79 percent of the game, 72 snaps, in his return from a concussion injury that sidelined him the last two weeks. Reed did not miss a step with 9 catches for 99 yards and a score, but he was not the only tight end with a big day. Vernon Davis, who filled in admirably over the past two weeks, continued his string of productive games with 5 catches for 93 yards including a 44-yard gain. Niles Paul continues to sit third on the depth chart and saw some of his 11 snaps come at fullback before leaving with a shoulder injury.

* For the first time this season rookie Anthony Lanier was active for a NFL game and saw 12 snaps. Lanier did not record any tackles but recovered the Andy Dalton fumble late in the overtime session. Chris Baker (67) and Ziggy Hood (57) continue to be the main two linemen in the middle, while Ricky Jean Francois and Cullen Jenkins combined for 50 snaps. Washington averaged 2.11 defensive linemen on the field on any given play.

* Previous snap judgements:

Offense (91 snaps)

Kirk Cousins 91

Spencer Long 91

Shawn Lauvao 91

Trent Williams 91

Brandon Scherff 91

Pierre Garçon 78

Morgan Moses 75

Jordan Reed 72

Jamison Crowder 64

Ryan Grant 51

Chris Thompson 48

Robert Kelley 43

Vernon Davis 39

DeSean Jackson 32

Ty Nsekhe 19

Maurice Harris 14

Niles Paul 11

Defense (88 snaps)

Will Compton 88

Donte Whitner Sr. 88

Josh Norman 85

Kendall Fuller 73

Ryan Kerrigan 69

Chris Baker 67

Preston Smith 60

Mason Foster 57

Ziggy Hood 57

Trent Murphy 55

Bashaud Breeland 51

Duke Ihenacho 44

Will Blackmon 43

Quinton Dunbar 37

Su’a Cravens 30

Ricky Jean Francois 28

Cullen Jenkins 22

Anthony Lanier 12

Houston Bates 2

Special Teams

Houston Bates 24

Deshazor Everett 21

Terence Garvin 20

Niles Paul 20

Martrell Spaight 15

Dustin Hopkins 13

Su’a Cravens 12

Ryan Grant 12

Nick Sundberg 10

Tress Way 10

Trent Murphy 10

Duke Ihenacho 10

Anthony Lanier 10

Quinton Dunbar 9

Greg Toler 8

Will Compton 8

Jamison Crowder 8

Mason Foster 8

Bashaud Breeland 7

John Sullivan 7

Ziggy Hood 7

Maurice Harris 7

Brandon Scherff 7

Spencer Long 7

Shawn Lauvao 7

Kendall Fuller 7

Ricky Jean Francois 6

Morgan Moses 6

Mack Brown 6

Chris Thompson 6

Preston Smith 6

Robert Kelley 5

Josh Norman 5

Ryan Kerrigan 5

Cullen Jenkins 5

Will Blackmon 5

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