Deone Bucannon’s injury speeding up Haason Reddick’s transition


The Cardinals wouldn’t have drafted linebacker Haason Reddick with the 13th overall pick if they didn’t think he would develop into a starter and key player on their defense.

The timeline for that move didn’t necessarily have Reddick stepping into those roles during his rookie season, but other factors have sped things up. Deone Bucannon had ankle surgery last month and the team said they hope he’s back for the start of the regular season, which leaves a lot of work for Reddick during Organized Team Activities, the mandatory minicamp and beyond.

“It’s just making the process so much faster,” Reddick said, via “It’s making me have to learn at a faster pace. It’s making me be more accountable earlier. I don’t look at it as a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s something unfortunate that happened to Buc … but it is what it is. Now I have to step up and be able to make the plays, and I have to get ready earlier and start playing like I’m a veteran rather than playing like I’m a rookie.”

Coach Bruce Arians pulled into a bag of well-worn cliches to call the situation “classic Wally Pipp” in reference to the Yankee first baseman who took a day off in 1925 and then watched Lou Gehrig play the next 2,130 games without a break. Making comparisons between Reddick and Gehrig is almost certainly foolish, but an early opportunity to play may turn into a long run with the first team all the same.

5 responses to “Deone Bucannon’s injury speeding up Haason Reddick’s transition

  1. As I recall, Bucannon missed all of last December with some kind of ankle injury. Card fans can correct me if I’m wrong. I wonder why the wait on any needed surgery, jeopardizing availability for Sept..

  2. Bobthebillsfan-

    Cards fans aren’t happy about it but doctors thought he would heal without surgery, and that turned out to be the wrong call. Things weren’t progressing so they re-evaluated and decided to move forward with surgery. Same thing happened with our starting center AQ Shipley.

  3. Good doctors always try conservative treatment prior to surgery. You will find that in every set of medical guidelines that exist.

    If a doctor ever tells you that surgery is your only option, he is probably a butcher and you’ll want a second opinion.

  4. Drunk Uncle says:
    Good doctors always try conservative treatment prior to surgery. You will find that in every set of medical guidelines that exist.

    Thank you!
    Every offseason, 100 times, it’s the same thing from fans: “Why did (fill in the blank) wait so long to have surgery?”
    Doctors will most often repair breaks, tears or ruptures as soon as possible. But if a doctor thinks there’s a decent chance an injury will heal on its own they will almost always recommend a wait-and-see approach over surgery, as even successful surgeries are not without long-term risk.
    Being conservative works more often than not, which is why you don’t hear much about those cases. But sometimes an injury doesn’t come around as expected, and then late surgery becomes regrettable but unavoidable.
    Most players are listening to their doctors, even if they have to get a second opinion. Few arbitrarily decide on their own to wait to have surgery just before OTAs or camps begin.

  5. I did not realize the plan was to see if it would heal over time. I thought it was a more serious injury and the plan was to wait until the swelling went down before corrective action. I agree, avoid the knife if you can.

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