Snap Count Analysis: Despite Knee Injury, Gurley Plays 83 Percent of Offensive Snaps in Week 15

The Rams fell to the Eagles 30-23 on Sunday night, marking the first time the team has lost back-to-back games under head coach Sean McVay.

With the team nearly completing a comeback in the game’s final minutes, here’s a look at the offensive, defensive, and special teams snap counts.

OFFENSE

— Los Angeles played 76 offensive snaps on Sunday — the fourth-highest total this season. The Rams had more offensive snaps in victories over the Chiefs (80), the Packers (78), and the Chargers (77).

— Eight players were on the field for each of the 76 snaps — the starting offensive line of Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold, John Sullivan, Austin Blythe, and Rob Havenstein, quarterback Jared Goff, and wideouts Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks.

— Wide receiver Josh Reynolds wasn’t far behind, playing 75 snaps (99 percent). Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper was on the field for one offensive snap, likely in place of Reynolds. Wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge also played two offensive snaps when the Rams employed a rarely-used four wide receiver, one tight end personnel grouping for a pair of plays.

— Running back Todd Gurley was announced as having a knee injury during the second half of the contest, but still was able to play 63 snaps (83 percent) in the contest. Reserve running backs Justin Davis (four snaps, five percent), and John Kelly (seven snaps, nine percent) recorded a combined four yards on three carries.

— Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett again split time at tight end, with Higbee (42 snaps, 55 percent) taking the majority in this contest.

DEFENSE

— The Rams played 64 defensive snaps, and the majority of starters were out there for each one of them.

— Middle linebacker Cory Littleton, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, cornerback Aqib Talib, cornerback Marcus Peters, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, safety Lamarcus Joyner, and Safety John Johnson each played 100 percent of the defensive snaps.

— Johnson finished the game leading the team with 14 tackles. He also recorded one pass defensed.

— Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (58 snaps, 91 percent), linebacker Mark Barron (53 snaps, 83 percent), defensive lineman Michael Brockers (48 snaps, 75 percent), and outside linebacker Dante Fowler (33 snaps, 52 percent) were Los Angeles’ remaining defensive starters. The Rams likely used so much nickel defense — five defensive backs — because of the personnel groupings the Eagles presented on offense.

— Though he did not start, outside linebacker Samson Ebukam (41 snaps, 64 percent) did play the majority of defensive snaps. He recorded three total tackles in the contest, and also induced an offensive hold from Philadelphia.

— Safety Marqui Christian (10 snaps, 16 percent), defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks (six snaps, nine percent), defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (six snaps, nine percent), and linebacker Ramik Wilson (one snap, two percent) round out the defensive rotation for Week 15.

SPECIAL TEAMS

— Sasfety Blake Countess and linebacker Bryce Hager (26 snaps, 84 percent) continue to pace the special teams unit.

— Cornerback Sam Shields, linebacker Micah Kiser, and outside linebacker Justin Lawler also played 19 snaps each (61 percent).

— Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper was on the field for seven special teams snaps (23 percent), returning a pair of kickoffs for 31 yards and letting five kickoffs go for touchbacks.

— Punter Johnny Hekker had a strong day with his right leg, booming three punts for an average of 56.3 yards and a net average of 52.0 yards. His long was a 65-yard punt.

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