Deone Bucannon had ankle surgery

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The Cardinals drafted linebacker Haason Reddick in the first round last month and they may need to call on him early in his rookie season to step in for Deone Bucannon.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said on Tuesday that Bucannon had surgery to repair a “lingering” ankle injury. Bucannon ended last season on injured reserve due to an ankle issue. He added that the team hopes to have him back for the start of the regular season if all goes well in his recovery.

It will take some time before the Cardinals can know if all, most or anything is going well on that front and the timeline Arians laid down suggests Bucannon will be limited at best for most of training camp. That should leave Reddick with plenty of time with the first-team defense and ample opportunities to make his case for playing time whether or not Bucannon is healthy.

The Cardinals exercised their option on Bucannon’s contract for the 2018 season, which is guaranteed against injury only. Karlos Dansby is in line to start at their other inside linebacker spot.

7 responses to “Deone Bucannon had ankle surgery

  1. Whoops..And we just read how Mathieu and all of these other supposed great additions back in 2017, would make Arizona better.

    Ankles can be tough…Good luck

  2. Both Haason Reddick and Deone Bucannon are # picks. That is a big investment in WRs over a 3 year period. Bruce has said he wants David Johnson to get more touches. I wonder what type of offense the Cards will show this year. Should be interesting.

  3. Why is it that there is always some trendy team the media attaches itself to, and every year, that team fails to deliver?

    Arziona was supposed to be a SB contender last year and NE put a quick halt to that on opening night with Garoppolo under Center.

    Talk is cheap.

  4. They need to move him back, and put him in the secondary with Mathieu.. He’s a natural SS
    These linebacker-hybrid experiments never go well

  5. They need to move him back, and put him in the secondary with Mathieu.. He’s a natural SS
    These linebacker-hybrid experiments never go well


    I’d say the Rover spot is played very well by guys like Chancellor and Pat Chung.

    Chancellor is the better player, but Chung has been very underrated 3 years in a row taking out teams move TEs or in-line TEs in and around the box.

    Teams that know what they’re doing can roll in a 3rd Safety who can cover within a 15 yard box and not lose coverage elsewhere.

    Glad I could help.

  6. Also, it’s not an “experiment”. The Rover spot is almost a necessity as much as the STAR slot CB role in a passing league like this.

    The TE spot has become as trendy as the slot WR spot a decade ago.

    Your team must blow every year if you think what you just wrote is reality.

  7. Why not have the surgery two months ago? I don’t understand that part of it. Why not do it so he will be ready for training camp? Sucks…

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