Below are the initial player snap counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday win over the Cincinnati Bengals, according to the NFL official gamebook. As usual, we will see if any of these differ in our weekly game charting as the week progresses. These snaps do not include plays wiped out by penalties.
Offensively, the Steelers had tight ends Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth both on the field together for 37 of the 73 plays that stood. Even Michael Palmer saw the field for two plays and one of those was the touchdown pass to Miller.
Rookie running back Josh Harris played five snaps Sunday with most of them coming late and with the game well in hand.
Defensively for the Steelers, rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier failed to play a snap on defense in his first game back from injury as Sean Spence and Vince Williams split snaps once again. Shazier was stuck on special teams and that’s not overly surprising when you consider how much time he’s missed this season.
Jarvis Jones played 31 snaps in his first game back from injury while nose tackle Steve McLendon played 24 upon his return to the field. McLendon saw a few snaps in the nickel Sunday and we also spotted him logging at least one snap at right defensive end in the game.
While Cam Thomas and Daniel McCullers both saw the field Sunday, most of their snaps came very late and with the game well in hand. You will be happy to know that Thomas’ 13 snaps was a season low while rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt played a season-high 53 snaps against the Bengals.
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