49ers don't see latest ankle injury shelving DeForest Buckner long

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The No. 1 goal for any NFL team in any game, particularly a preseason contest, is to come out of it healthy. The San Francisco 49ers did not make it through their exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs completely unscathed, but it seems they did manage to avoid any serious injuries to key players.

Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who suffered a low ankle sprain that cost him time early in training camp, aggravated that injury Friday night. He departed the game during the first series and did not return, sparking some concerns about his long-term health.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Saturday night that while Buckner will miss a little bit of time, it's not too serious.

DeForest is the same deal with his ankle," Shanahan said. "Its the same ankle. Its a low ankle sprain, which wont be a long thing, but Id be surprised if he played this week versus Denver. He keeps doing the same thing over and over again, so were going to have to rest him a little bit, let him get fully healthy, and I expect him to be doubtful here for Denver.

Fellow defensive lineman Ronald Blair suffered a groin strain that caused him to miss a chunk of the game as well. And though it's a different injury, Shanahan indicated Blair's missed time will be similar to Buckner's.


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