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Monday, September 23, 2013
Defensive snaps: Injuries leave mark

By Mike Rodak

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A look at snaps played by Buffalo Bills defensive players, while analyzing how the totals reflect the way players were utilized (totals provided by the NFL):

LB Kiko Alonso -- 78 of 78
S Aaron Williams -- 78 of 78
S Da'Norris Searcy -- 77 of 78
S Jim Leonhard -- 73 of 78
CB Justin Rogers -- 72 of 78
DT Kyle Williams -- 65 of 78
OLB Manny Lawson -- 63 of 78
DT Alex Carrington -- 57 of 78
DE Mario Williams -- 55 of 78
DT Alan Branch -- 51 of 78
CB Nickell Robey -- 45 of 78
OLB Jerry Hughes -- 38 of 78
LB Arthur Moats -- 32 of 78
DT Marcell Dareus -- 24 of 78
DL Corbin Bryant -- 20 of 78
S Duke Williams -- 11 of 78
OLB Jamaal Westerman -- 7 of 78
CB Leodis McKelvin -- 7 of 78
LB Nigel Bradham -- 3 of 78
OLB Marcus Dowtin -- 2 of 78
CB Johnny Adams -- 0 of 78
CB Brandon Burton -- 0 of 78
S Jonathan Meeks -- 0 of 78

ANALYSIS: Big jump in snaps here for Jim Leonhard and Alan Branch, who stepped in for McKelvin (injured in first quarter) and Dareus (injured in third quarter). Two solid veteran signings by general manager Doug Whaley. ... It wasn't how the Bills envisioned it in the preseason, but Rogers played 92 percent of snaps and was targeted frequently by the Jets. ... Bradham continues to see limited action on defense. Head coach Doug Marrone said after each of the first two games that Bradham's low snap count was due to "personnel match-ups," but over three games, a pattern has developed. It doesn't look like he will contribute much to Mike Pettine's defense, which relies more on defensive backs. ... Corbin Bryant (20 snaps) could be slated for an increased role if Carrington's injury is serious. Bryant was a healthy scratch in Week 1.