Coach Bruce Arians announced Tuesday that Bucannon's surgery stemmed from a "lingering" issue. Bucannon was sidelined the final three games of the 2016 season due to an ankle injury. The hybrid linebacker had previously never missed a game.
The hope is that the Bucannon is ready for the season opener. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Bucannon is a candidate for the physically unable to perform list, but could be ready by early September. If the 24-year-old linebacker starts the season on the PUP list, it would cost him the first six games of the 2017 season.