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Deone Bucannon | Linebacker | #20

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/30/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Washington State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (27) / ARZ
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Cardinals declared ILB Deone Bucannon, QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Chad Williams, LB Scooby Wright III, OG Will Holden, OT John Ulrick, and DL Robert Nkemdiche inactive for Week 1 against the Lions.
LG Mike Iupati (triceps) was questionable, but he is ready to go. Bucannon sprained his ankle in his return to practice on August 22 after missing most of camp recovering from ankle surgery. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said there was "no chance" he would play this week, so it sounds like he could miss multiple games. Sep 10 - 11:32 AM

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said there's "no chance" of Deone Bucannon (ankle) playing Week 1 against the Lions.

Buccannon sprained his ankle in his return to practice on August 22 following offseason ankle surgery. His absence could open up snaps for rookie Haason Reddick at inside linebacker.
Sep 6 - 4:24 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) returned to practice Monday.

Bucannon missed the entire offseason program and all of camp to this point recovering from ankle surgery. He will likely be limited in his first practice back, but it is a step in the correct direction. He is questionable for Week 1.
Aug 28 - 12:34 PM

Cardinals activated ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) from the active/PUP list.

He's not ready to resume practicing but has been cleared to join the team for walkthroughs. The 2014 first-rounder still aims to be ready for Week 1.
Aug 22 - 2:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle, active/PUP) is on track for the season opener.

The Cardinals expect Bucannon to get cleared sometime in the next three weeks. It's an aggressive timetable given he's yet to practice and is less than three months removed from surgery. Bucannon remains questionable for Week 1, but it sounds like he'll avoid the reserve/PUP list.
Aug 5 - 2:15 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.

This was fully expected with Bucannon recovering from May surgery. Bucannon is a candidate to open the year on reserve/PUP, but coach Bruce Arians is "hopeful" he'll be ready Week 1. First-rounder Haason Reddick has been repping with the starters in Bucannon's place.
Jul 21 - 5:17 PM

The Arizona Republic reports Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle surgery) is questionable for the "first couple of games" of the season.

Bucannon is shaping up as a strong candidate for the reserve/PUP list after going under the knife in mid-May. First-rounder Haason Reddick has immediately slid into Bucannon's spot on the depth chart.
Jun 8 - 5:55 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle surgery) will likely begin training camp on the PUP list.

It is not a surprise considering Bucannon is at best questionable for Week 1 following May ankle surgery. Starting him on the active/PUP in camp would leave open the option of the reserve/PUP, which would cost Bucannon the first six games. First-round pick Haason Reddick has been working with the first-team in Bucannon's place.
Source: ESPN
Jun 8 - 1:10 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon underwent ankle surgery and is questionable for Week 1.

Coach Bruce Arians said the operation was to correct a "lingering" issue. Bucannon suffered a high-ankle sprain last December and missed the final three weeks. He had previously never missed a game. Now he's a candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of 2017. The Cardinals are hopeful he'll be back in "early" September. The hybrid safety/linebacker has settled in fairly well at inside 'backer, though he was better in 2015 than last season.
May 16 - 1:14 PM

Cardinals exercised ILB Deone Bucannon's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Picked 27th overall in 2014, Bucannon was a college safety who has made a mostly-smooth transition to linebacker. He had a big year in 2015, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 10 inside linebacker, but Bucannon dipped all the way to No. 40 last season. He received really strong marks for his pass coverage, but was No. 54 of 59 qualifiers against the run.
Apr 26 - 12:03 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon is done for the season with a high-ankle sprain.

It's yet to be decided if Bucannon needs surgery. The hybrid 2014 first-rounder took a step back this year after a strong 2015. Still only 24, Bucannon could easily get back on track in 2016. Bucannon filled the stat-sheet in 2015 in IDP leagues.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 02:26:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon exited Week 14 against the Dolphins with an ankle injury.

Bucannon got his ankle caught under a teammate while trying to make a tackle in the third quarter. He was able to walk off the field and to the locker room, but he had a noticeable limp. Zaviar Gooden is now in at inside linebacker.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon has packed on 12 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Drafted as a safety 27th overall in the 2014 draft, Bucannon has been playing inside linebacker for the Cardinals his first two seasons. Arizona wanted to move him back to safety ahead of 2015, but it didn't happen, and Bucannon went on to be PFF's No. 10 inside 'backer, receiving positive marks for both his pass rush and coverage. He was a weak spot in run defense, however.
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 12:33:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15.

Bucannon, the 27th pick in last year's draft, recorded his first career interception in Sunday night's blowout win over the Eagles and returned it for a touchdown. Drafted as a safety, Bucannon has been playing inside linebacker for the Cardinals. He's received strong marks for his coverage and pass-rush ability, grading out as PFF's No. 12 inside linebacker.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 10:50:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said Deone Bucannon will move back to safety this season.

Bucannon was a versatile stud as a rookie, playing a hybrid linebacker position despite getting drafted as a safety. But with Sean Weatherspoon now in the fold and Daryl Washington possibly getting off suspension, the need at linebacker isn't as great. So Bucannon will be competing with Rashad Johnson, Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu for snaps at safety -- at least in base looks.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 11:17:00 AM

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