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Deone Bucannon had offseason ankle surgery, hopes to be ready for start of season

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The Arizona Cardinals were thinner at linebacker than we knew.

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The 2016 NFL season was a tough one for the Arizona Cardinals. The 2017 offseason has not been much kinder.

As was reported by Bruce Arians today, Deone Bucannon, one of the key returning pieces to the Arizona defense just underwent ankle surgery.

At a position where there were a lot of questions heading into the season, the Bucannon injury puts an even greater emphasis on rookie Haason Reddick learning the finer points of the position he is moving to. It also puts a greater burden on veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby to find the fountain of youth while also being a great teacher to Reddick.

It is not the way you ever want your top pick to play, because of a surgery that seems to be one that will require up to six months of healing.

Yet, it also highlights just how disenchanted with Daryl Washington the Arizona Cardinals were, as they did not want to keep him around for an emergency... Such as an injury to one of the entrenched, veteran starters.

Here is to a fast recovery, a short learning curve and continued health for all involved.