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49ers snap count vs. Washington: OLB rotation remains in flux, Bruce Miller gets some work

We've got a rundown of the 49ers snap count from Week 12. We still don't know what to make of the OLB rotation, and Bruce Miller got some work due to other injuries.

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The San Francisco 49ers were back in action on Sunday, and we got a mix of answers and more questions courtesy of their weekly snap count. I've posted the full snap count below, and you can read the Game Book PDF as well.

When the team announced defensive starters, Ahmad Brooks was among them, alongside Aldon Smith. Brooks had his much-discussed benching last week after saying something to Jim Tomsula. Jim Harbaugh said the issue was addressed, and clearly Jim Harbaugh was satisfied with the way it developed. Aldon Smith played in 95 percent of defensive snaps, while Brooks played 67 percent, and Aaron Lynch played in 38 percent. Dan Skuta was active again, but only played on special teams.

I'm not entirely sure what to make of the 49ers rotation. Both Brooks and Lynch graded out negatively, but given Lynch's body of work, I'm surprised we did not see more of him. My guess at this point is Brooks is going to play more of the base downs, while Lynch will be out there in nickel. That was not always the case on Sunday, but that would make the most sense at this point. The 49ers face a Seattle Seahawks team this week that is not exactly going to spread things out with that receiver corps, so we'll see if Brooks ends up with a big chunk of work again.

Bruce Miller got a lot of work due to tight end injuries. Vance McDonald was inactive and Derek Carrier suffered a foot injury that slowed him considerably. Miller ended up playing in 66 percent of the offensive snaps. In the past that would not be surprising, but this season he has seemingly seen a decline in his playing time as the 49ers spread things out a bit more. Bruce Miller may not be a flashy player, but the 49ers find success with him on the field. It seems like every time he gets a pass in the flat, he gains an important chunk of yards.

Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 61 3
Alex Boone 61 3
Mike Iupati 61 3
Jonathan Martin 61 3
Marcus Martin 61 3
Colin Kaepernick 61
Vernon Davis 59
Anquan Boldin 54
Michael Crabtree 50
Bruce Miller 40 4
Frank Gore 40
Stevie Johnson 23
Carlos Hyde 15 4
Derek Carrier 11 9
Brandon Lloyd 8
Kassim Osgood 2 21
Joe Looney 2 3
Dillon Farrell 1
Michael Wilhoite 55 11
Antoine Bethea 55
Chris Borland 54 8
Eric Reid 54 6
Perrish Cox 52 11
Aldon Smith 52 3
Chris Culliver 52
Ray McDonald 50 3
Justin Smith 41
Ahmad Brooks 37
Dontae Johnson 29 11
Quinton Dial 24 3
Aaron Lynch 21 11
Tony Jerod-Eddie 17 7
Tank Carradine 7 3
Craig Dahl 4 24
Leon McFadden 1 11
Bubba Ventrone 21
Corey Lemonier 20
L.J. McCray 18
Dan Skuta 17
Nick Moody 15
Kyle Nelson 9
Andy Lee 9
Alfonso Smith 8
Chase Thomas 7
Phil Dawson 6