The San Francisco 49ers dealt with another handful of injuries on Saturday against the San Diego Chargers, and it resulted in extensive snaps for reserves. This was already going to be an issue heading into the game, and it was only exasperated. You can view the full game book HERE, and the full snap count is down below.
The biggest injury on the day was Eric Reid's concussion. He suffered the injury early in the game, and left after only 11 snaps. Craig Dahl replaced him and ended up playing the final 72 defensive snaps of the game. Dahl had a pretty miserable game, missing on a few coverages, missing a couple tackles, and generally looking like what we seem to get when Dahl has to play extensive time on defense.
Nick Moody got the start next to Michael Wilhoite, with Chris Borland placed on injured reserve earlier in the day. Moody played 76 of 83 snaps as the 49ers went one inside linebacker for a handful of snaps. Moody is a capable reserve, but not a guy you want to rely on too much with the starting defense. Of course, the 49ers suffered a ridiculous number of injuries at inside linebacker, so it's not like this was an expected occurrence.
The 49ers deactivated Ahmad Brooks due to his thumb injury, and that resulted in more work for Aaron Lynch and Dan Skuta. The 49ers used Skuta in their base defense, while Lynch came in for the nickel and dime. This resulted in Lynch finishing the game with 41 snaps to Skuta's 29.
Michael Crabtree was active for the game, but he missed most of it due to a knee injury that cost him most of the week of practice. He ended up with 15 snaps after Brandon Lloyd and Bruce Ellington got hurt, but had those two stayed healthy, Crabtree likely would not have played a snap. Given all the injuries, it will be interesting to see how the wide receiver depth chart shakes out for Week 17.