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49ers snap count vs. Steelers: Rookies get extra work because of injuries

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We're back with another look at the 49ers snap count. Rookies got a lot of work in a game in which the offense saw a ton of snaps.

The San Francisco 49ers took one on the chin in Week 2, getting thoroughly stomped 43-18 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. We saw some youngsters get extra snaps, but it had nothing to do with the blowout. Instead, injuries before and during the game opened up significant opportunities. We've got the full snap count below, and you can read over the gamebook PDF here.

The 49ers deactivated Reggie Bush and Bruce Ellington due to a calf and ankle injury, respectively. This resulted in Mike Davis and DeAndrew White being activate for the first time this season. White handled kick returns and one punt return, while Jarryd Hayne handled two punt returns. Hayne initially handled carries behind Carlos Hyde, but that quickly changed in the second half.

Hyde suffered a hit to head in the third quarter, describing it as a shot to the crown of his helmet that left him dizzy when he got up. He left the game, and went to the locker room with trainers. He took a concussion test, and passed it. The doctors cleared him to return, but the 49ers elected to not bring him back in at that point. At that point, Mike Davis took over as the 49ers primary running back, and Hayne did not see any second half offensive snaps.

Vance McDonald suffered a knee injury, which limited him to to 20 snaps. The 49ers continued their use of heavy 3-TE sets, and that meant Blake Bell got extensive work. A week after getting one offensive snap, Bell was in for 18 snaps.

The defense played significantly less snaps than the offense as Ben Roethlisberger was lighting them up with some huge chunk plays. The secondary got the bulk of the work, with Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt swapping work, to a certain extent. In Week 1, Tartt played 20 snaps, and Ward played 13 snaps. In Week 2, Ward played 27 snaps, and Tartt played 11 snaps.

Player Offense Defense ST
Erik Pears 90 2
Joe Staley 90 2
Alex Boone 90 2
Colin Kaepernick 90
Marcus Martin 90
Jordan Devey 89 2
Vernon Davis 84
Anquan Boldin 80
Torrey Smith 49
Garrett Celek 46 11
Carlos Hyde 45
Mike Davis 41
Quinton Patton 34 15
Vance McDonald 20 4
Blake Bell 18
DeAndrew White 16 8
Bruce Miller 14 19
Jarryd Hayne 4 2
Eric Reid 57 10
Kenneth Acker 57 9
Antoine Bethea 57 5
Tramaine Brock 55 5
NaVorro Bowman 53 5
Michael Wilhoite 49 10
Ahmad Brooks 41 5
Glenn Dorsey 40 5
Ian Williams 40 5
Aaron Lynch 38 4
Quinton Dial 30 6
Jimmie Ward 27 11
Dontae Johnson 19 17
Tank Carradine 17
Arik Armstead 14
Jaquiski Tartt 11 15
Tony Jerod-Eddie 10 10
Eli Harold 8 11
Shayne Skov 4 18
L.J. McCray 18
Nick Bellore 18
Bradley Pinion 10
Kyle Nelson 6
Keith Reaser 3
Phil Dawson 2