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September 23, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback

Josh Wilson

(26) recovers a fumble caused by inside linebacker

London Fletcher

(59) hitting Cincinnati Bengals running back

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

(42) during the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Bengals defeated the Redskins 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

The fumbling issues of BenJarvus Green-Ellis could be attributed to the number of plays he’s having to be on the field with no rest. Against the Jags, Ellis was on the field for 54 of a possible 66 offensive plays. In his last 32 carries, Ellis has fumbled three times, all of which were in the second-half, and perhaps with the return of RB Bernard Scott who’s missed all but 9 snaps in the 2012 season, Ellis can get more rest and find holding on to the ball much easier. For the season Ellis is averaging 3.5 yards per carry, doesn’t have a single rush of 20 yards or a more, and has broken only six tackles. Fresher legs could help increase those numbers hopefully improve the running game to help keep teams from focusing on Cincinnati’s dynamic passing offense.

On other noteworthy snap-count we noticed was starting DT Domata Peko‘s 29 of 60 possible snaps, while rookies Brandon Thompson and Devon Still combined for 24. It will be worth watching their snaps as the season goes on, as if Still and/or Thompson are able to keep improving, perhaps this will be the most rotated spot along the defensive-line. Peko is also signed through the next two seasons for a combined $7.25 million, so he could be a cap casualty as well if the rookies continue to take more and more playing time away from the dancing Samoa:

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