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Cardinals’ Deone Bucannon sprains ankle, ‘no chance’ to play at Lions

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) fumbles as he is sacked by Arizona Cardinals strong safety Deone Bucannon (20) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Packers recovered the football. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Arizona Cardinals will be without Deone Bucannon in their week one matchup against the Detroit Lions, as the dollar linebacker injured his ankle.

“Bucannon has no chance,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “(His recovery) was right on schedule and he sprained it on the first day working out on the bags.”

The dollar linebacker was activated off the PUP list on Aug. 22 after having ankle surgery earlier this year. It was a lingering problem that had been bothering the 25-year-old since Week 4 of the 2016 season.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long the re-injury keep hold him out.

“It’s one of those things, it could be tomorrow, could be three weeks,” Arians said.

In 2016, Bucannon played 13 games and had 89 tackles with two passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

The dollar linebacker position makes for an inside linebacker-safety hybrid. Currently, the Cardinals have ILBs Karlos Dansby, Haason Reddick, Josh Bynes and Philip Wheeler on the roster. They also have Scooby Wright on the practice squad.

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