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49ers injuries lead to drastic changes in Week 3 snap count

The 49ers took their lumps on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ve got a full look at the snap count.

The San Francisco 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo to a potentially devastating knee injury in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but that was also just one of several notable injuries on both sides of the roster. It reflects extensive in the latest snap count, which is posted below. You can also view the gamebook PDF.

The big change obviously was Garoppolo. He went down with a knee injury on what would prove to be the penultimate offensive snap of the game. C.J. Beathard came on for a snap and appeared to throw a touchdown pass to George Kittle. An offensive pass interference call negated it, and while Beathard did not get a pass attempt out of it, he did get the snap.

A second problem was in the secondary. Adrian Colbert injured his hip and Richard Sherman injured his calf, and neither returned. Colbert was replaced by D.J. Reed, while Richard Sherman was replaced by Ahkello WitherspoonJimmie Ward had started in place of Witherspoon. Of course, Ward then suffered an injury of his own (cramping) and was replaced by Tarvarius Moore. At one point, the 49ers starting secondary was Moore, Witherspoon, Reed, and Antone Exum (starting in place of an inactive Jaquiski Tartt).

Sherman is getting an MRI on his calf, and that can be a tricky injury. He had some issues with his heel earlier in the week, and it would not be surprising if this calf injury is related. We’ll find out more with the MRI, but there is a good chance the 49ers will be going further down the depth chart at cornerback.

There is some notable non-injury news. Linebacker Malcolm Smith, signed a year and a half ago, finally made his debut for the 49ers. The team went with a new look, playing Smith at SAM over Mark Nzeocha. Smith handled the SAM role exclusively, while Nzeocha was relegated to strictly special teams work. Reuben Foster left the game for one snap when he got the wind knocked out of him, but otherwise, he and Fred Warner were the exclusive starting LB tandem in sub packages.

49ers snap count vs. Chiefs, Week 3

Player Offense Defense ST
Player Offense Defense ST
Joe Staley 68 4
Mike McGlinchey 68 4
Laken Tomlinson 68 4
Weston Richburg 68 4
Jimmy Garoppolo 67
Mike Person 61
George Kittle 54
Kyle Juszczyk 53 4
Pierre Garçon 52
Marquise Goodwin 42
Matt Breida 29 3
Trent Taylor 25 4
Dante Pettis 25 2
Alfred Morris 23
Garrett Celek 19 15
Kendrick Bourne 15 6
Erik Magnuson 7
Raheem Mostert 3 17
C.J. Beathard 1
Antone Exum 76 18
Fred Warner 76 14
Reuben Foster 75
Jimmie Ward 71 9
DeForest Buckner 55 10
K'Waun Williams 54
D.J. Reed 52 18
Arik Armstead 49 1
Solomon Thomas 44 5
Ahkello Witherspoon 40 12
Cassius Marsh 40 11
Richard Sherman 36
Malcolm Smith 34
Earl Mitchell 33 6
Ronald Blair 29
Adrian Colbert 25 4
D.J. Jones 22 4
Sheldon Day 20
Tarvarius Moore 5 23
Elijah Lee 1 24
Mark Nzeocha 24
Tyvis Powell 14
Cole Wick 14
Bradley Pinion 13
Kyle Nelson 8
Garry Gilliam 4
Robbie Gould 4