NEW ORLEANS -- Finally, the Cincinnati Bengals made it through a game with minimal injury hits.
Though there will be attention paid the next few days to defensive end Margus Hunt, who left at the end of the first quarter with a right ankle injury, the Bengals came out of Sunday's 27-10 win against the New Orleans Saints healthier than they have in any other game.
After the game, Hunt was spotted carrying crutches and with his right foot encased in a walking boot. He said he would be OK.
Along with Hunt, the Bengals also lost cornerback Leon Hall in the second half after he experienced soreness in one of his Achilles. The Bengals indicated that he could have returned to the game, but coaches decided to sit him the rest of the way.
Hunt and Hall's injuries meant the Bengals were able to replace them with a pair of rookies who received meaningful game action. Third-round pick Will Clarke got his most extensive game action in place of Hunt after being activated before the game for only the second time this season. Clarke's activation on the defensive line corresponded with defensive tackle Devon Still being declared inactive for the first time since the season opener.
Clarke played a career-high 10 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Dennard played 15.
Every game has been a battle for the Bengals on the injury front. Entering Sunday's game, they have had at least one starter each week since the opener miss a game because of an ailment suffered the week before. In several cases, that has meant multiple games missed.
Linebacker Rey Maualuga was among those who missed several weeks. Before this game, he was out the previous four because of a serious hamstring injury. He bounced back from it to play almost half the defense's snaps.
Also of note: the entire Bengals offensive line played all 62 snaps.
Here, with help from our friends at PRo Football Focus and the NFL's Game Statistics and Information System, are this week's complete Bengals play counts:
OFFENSE (62 plays)*
OG Clint Boling (62), OT Andrew Whitworth (62), OG Kevin Zeitler (62), OT Marshall Newhouse (62), C Russell Bodine (62), QB Andy Dalton (62), WR A.J. Green (56), TE Jermaine Gresham (55), WR Mohamed Sanu (54), RB Jeremy Hill (49), Ryan Hewitt (40), WR James Wright (21), TE Kevin Brock (15), RB Rex Burkhead (7), RB Cedric Peerman (6), WR Brandon Tate (5), FB/DT Domata Peko (2).
DEFENSE (71 plays)*
S George Iloka (70), CB Adam Jones (69), S Reggie Nelson (69), LB Emmanuel Lamur (67), LB Vincent Rey (66), DE Carlos Dunlap (59), DE Wallace Gilberry (53), CB Hall (53), DT Geno Atkins (49), DT Peko (45), CB Kirkpatrick (43), DE Robert Geathers (43), LB Maualuga (35), DT Brandon Thompson (21), CB Dennard (15), DE Clarke (10), DE Hunt (5), S Taylor Mays (4), S Shawn Williams (3), LB Nico Johnson (2).
SPECIAL TEAMS (20 plays)**
LB Jayson DiManche (15), Williams (15), Mays (13), Peerman (13), Wright (12), Burkhead (11), K Mike Nugent (10), Johnson (10), Kirkpatrick (10), Hewitt (10), Dennard (10), LS Clark Harris (7), P Kevin Huber (7), Peko (7), Nelson (7), Brock (6), Newhouse (5), Boling (5), Zeitler (5), Whitworth (5), Gresham (5), OG Mike Pollak (5), LB Marquis Flowers (5), Jones (3), Tate (3), Clarke (2), Hunt (2), Lamur (2), Rey (2), Dunlap (2), Hall (2), Thompson (2), Geathers (1), CB Chris Lewis-Harris (1).
Note: *Counts come from PFF. **Counts come from NFL's GSIS.