DeForest Buckner Injury: Updates on 49ers DE's Foot and Return

Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist

San Francisco 49ers linebacker DeForest Buckner during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. The Packers beat the Niners 21-10. (Daniel Gluskoter/AP Images for Panini)
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San Francisco 49ers rookie defensive lineman DeForest Buckner has not played since he suffered a foot injury in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys and was carted off the field. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Buckner Active vs. Bills

Sunday, Oct. 16

The 49ers announced that Buckner is available to play against Buffalo. 

Latest on Buckner's Practice Status

Friday, Oct. 14

The 49ers announced Buckner was limited in practice for the third straight day on Friday.

Buckner Was Tabbed to Help Rebuild 49ers Defense

The 49ers grabbed Buckner with the seventh overall pick in this year's draft in an effort to upgrade a defensive line that struggled last season. San Francisco ranked 29th in both sacks and rushing yards allowed during the 2015 campaign.

The 22-year-old Oregon product remained mostly healthy during his time with the Ducks. He underwent a knee procedure following the 2014 campaign and dealt with a minor wrist injury in his senior season. Neither of those issues stopped him from playing all 28 games over his final two years.

Glenn Dorsey, Arik Armstead and Quinton Dial have held down the fort in Buckner's absence. 

Buckner is a crucial piece of the puzzle for the 49ers defense. Although he's still trying to find his footing at the NFL level, he's flashed plenty of potential in the early going.