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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 coach Steve Wilks said LB Deone Bucannon will play weakside linebacker this season.
Bucannon will also call defensive plays from the huddle. Josh Bynes will start as Arizona's inside linebacker with Haason Reddick factoring in. The Cards are hoping for a bounce-back year from Bucannon as the 25-year-old finished with PFF's third-worst grade among inside linebackers last season. He'll be asked to play a similar role to how Thomas Davis was used in Wilks' base defense in Carolina. Apr 19 - 5:26 PM

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Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon is day-to-day with a leg injury.

He lasted just five snaps in Sunday's win over Jacksonville. Josh Bynes would start if Bucannon can't go against the Rams in Week 13. Bucannon holds PFF's second-worst grade among inside linebackers this season.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 07:26:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) will play against the 49ers in Week 4.

Bucannon gets the green light after putting in a full week of practice. He missed the Cardinals' first three games with a sprained ankle he suffered late last month. Bucannon struggled last year, earning PFF's No. 46 inside linebacker grade out of 59 qualifiers.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 04:07:00 PM

Cardinals DC James Bettcher suggested ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) isn't a lock to return this week.

This conflicts with comments from coach Bruce Arians. Bucannon is trending toward playing after practicing on a limited basis, but he's likely going to be a game-time decision. The Cardinals are expected to put Bucannon on a snap count if active.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 08:29:00 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) will make his 2017 debut in Week 3.

Coach Bruce Arians did say Bucannon will be on a snap count. Once he's back to full health/conditioning, Bucannon should be an every-down player.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 04:14:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 11:32:00 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 04:24:00 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.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 12:34:00 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.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 02:00:00 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.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 02:15:00 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.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 05:17:00 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.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 05:55:00 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
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 01:10:00 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.
Tue, May 16, 2017 01:14:00 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.
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 12:03:00 PM

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DT1Corey Peters
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4Rodney Gunter
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MLB1Josh Bynes
2Gabe Martin
3Scooby Wright
WLB1Deone Bucannon
2Jeremy Cash
SLB1Haason Reddick
2Edmond Robinson
CB1Patrick Peterson
2Marcus Williams
3Brandon Williams
4C.J. Goodwin
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FS1Antoine Bethea
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