Bucannon recently underwent ankle surgery and hopes to be ready to go for the regular season opener, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
The injury news comes as a bit of surprise. Bucannon reportedly opted to have the ankle procedure done because of lingering pain from last season. While he hopes to be ready for Week 1, there's a decent chance he'll wind up on the physically unable to perform list heading into the regular season, which would cost him the first six games of the year. In the meantime, this year's first-rounder Hassan Reddick figures to take on a heavier workload with Bucannon out.
The Cardinals exercised the fifth-year option on Bucannon's (ankle) contract Wednesday, Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reports.
Bucannon has made quite the impact during the first three seasons of his career, holding down the fort as a hybrid inside linebacker after entering the NFL as a safety. Prior to missing the final three games of the 2016 campaign due to a high-ankle sprain, he notched 91 tackles (66 solo), four passes defended and one fumble recovery. Bucannon enters the Cardinals' offseason program with a clean bill of health and is now locked into the team's plans through the 2018 season.
A high-ankle sprain has conspired to force the first DNPs of Bucannon's career. With another 91 tackles under his belt in 2016, he boasts 6.4 tackles per game in nearly three seasons with the Cardinals. In Bucannon's stead, Sio Moore has been bumped to the starting dollar linebacker role.
Bucannon suffered a high-ankle sprain during Sunday's game against the Dolphins and will miss the rest of the season, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
According to head coach Bruce Arians, the biggest question mark surrounding Bucannon's predicament is whether he'll undergo surgery on his ankle. If a procedure aids Bucannon in the long term, he'll likely endure the knife in the near future. In any case, the upcoming absences will mark the first of his professional career, ending his season with 91 tackles (66 solo), four passes defended, and one fumble recovery on the ledger.
After teammate Frostee Rucker rolled up on Bucannon, the dollar linebacker pointed to his right ankle, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. As one of the Cardinals' most fundamentally sound against both the run and pass, Bucannon leads the team with 90 tackles through 12-plus games. There's no telling if the IDP stalwart will be able to reenter the contest, but Bucannon's status will be worth watching for the foreseeable future.
|P3||8/26/17||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ DEN||9:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ LAR||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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