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Raiders week 5 snap counts vs Ravens: Injuries make for more linebacker musical chairs

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Baltimore Ravens vs Oakland Raiders Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

An already shaky linebacker situation was made a whole lot more unstable Sunday. The Raiders lost both starting linebackers Marquel Lee (ankle) and Cory James (knee). If you consider Bruce Irvin as more of a pass rusher (and I do), that left the team with just undrafted rookie Nicholas Morrow and second year former practice squad player Tyrell Adams.

Once all was said and done, Adams, who hasn’t seen a single snap on defense the past two weeks, led the group with 33 defensive snaps (55%). But for the most part, the snap were split fairly evenly between Adams, James (52%), Morrow (50%), and Lee (47%).

Also depleted was the cornerbacks which led to Sean Smith and TJ Carrie tied for the second most snaps in the game (94%) and Reggie Nelson never left the field, playing all 66 defensive snaps.

Once again, Amari Cooper led the receiving corps in snaps (98%) and once again he was outplayed by just about everyone. Coop had just one catch for 8 yards on two targets. Meanwhile Crabtree, on 20 fewer snaps (64%) caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in his return from a chest injury that caused him to miss the week 4 game in Denver.