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Aaron Lynch returns to lineup two weeks after nearly being release

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We have the 49ers’ full snap count for Week 14, and an intriguing report from Matt Maiocco.

San Francisco 49ers v Houston Texans Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers managed their third win in four games on Sunday, beating the Houston Texans. The 49ers once again won the time of possession battle (34:49 to 25:11), but offensive third down struggles meant the defense was on the field significantly more than we saw last week. You can view the full snap count below, or check out the gamebook PDF.

The big changes this week saw Trent Brown inactive, and Tank Carradine and Aaron Lynch active. Brown’s shoulder injury remains an issue, and Zane Beadles got the start at right tackle in his place. There were no injury issues during the game for the line, although Beadles had a rough day against all-world defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney.

Lynch was active for the first time in six weeks, and it comes two weeks after he was almost released, according to Matt Maiocco. Lynch suffered a calf injury in Week 6, but was then a healthy scratch in Weeks 12 and 13 following the 49ers bye. He was active on Sunday against the Houston Texans and played 27 snaps, which was good for 40 percent of defensive work.

Solomon Thomas and Tank Carradine were the starting defensive ends, and Lynch primarily split backup duties with Cassius Marsh. The 49ers have made adjustments along the defensive line regularly this season thanks to the depth. Leger Douzable, D.J. Jones, and Ronald Blair were all inactive in Week 14, but I suspect we see one or two of them active this coming weekend against a run first Tennessee Titans squad.

Lynch is a free agent after this season, and odds were already pretty good he was not going to be returning in 2018. Maybe he can impress to close out the season, but more than likely he will get some limited playing time, and that will be that.

Here’s the full snap count.

Snap count vs. Texans

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 73 6
Zane Beadles 73 6
Laken Tomlinson 73 6
Daniel Kilgore 73 6
Brandon Fusco 73 6
Jimmy Garoppolo 73
Garrett Celek 61 10
Marquise Goodwin 52
Carlos Hyde 41
Kyle Juszczyk 36 5
Matt Breida 32 6
Trent Taylor 31 6
Kendrick Bourne 31
Louis Murphy 29
Aldrick Robinson 26 15
George Kittle 20
Logan Paulsen 6 10
Eric Reid 67 6
Adrian Colbert 67 5
Reuben Foster 67 2
Ahkello Witherspoon 56 9
DeForest Buckner 53 6
Dontae Johnson 52 14
Brock Coyle 48 4
K'Waun williams 47 2
Solomon Thomas 44 6
Sheldon Day 34
Cassius Marsh 33 25
Aaron Lynch 27 1
Greg Mabin 26 19
Elvis Dumervil 26 1
Tank Carradine 26
Earl Mitchell 25 4
Eli Harold 20 16
Leon Hall 19 9
Dekoda Watson 23
Mark Nzeoch 19
Dexter McCoil 19
Elijah Lee 19
Bradley Pinion 17
Kyle Nelson 11
Victor Bolden 10
Robbie Gould 6
Darrell Williams 6