Report: Bucannon ‘escaped serious injury,’ Cardinals to be cautious
The Arizona Cardinals had a scare on Thursday when linebacker Deone Bucannon’s left knee had a collision with wide receiver Brice Butler’s helmet.
Bucannon would stay down for a bit but was able to get up and walk off the field. He missed practice Friday due to a hyperextended knee and head coach Steve Wilks said it was a precaution.
The Cardinals reportedly got good news from the MRI on Friday, as Bucannon didn’t have any major damage to his knee and “escaped serious injury,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter reports the Cardinals will be cautious with Bucannon coming back, not confirming whether it will be just a day off the field or more.
Bucannon recorded 82 tackles, 1.0 sack, an interception and two forced fumbles over 12 games in 2017. For 2018, the linebacker is taking on more responsibility in first-year defensive coordinator Al Holcomb’s 4-3 defense as the main playcaller. Veteran Karlos Dansby, who remains a free agent, served that role last season.
Drafted in the first round (27th overall) by Arizona in 2014 out of Washington State, Bucannon converted from safety to $LB and played all 16 regular season games his first two years in the NFL. His most productive year came in 2015, when he recorded a team-high 112 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception.