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After Practice: Bucannon's scary moment and physical play

The first "yikes" moment of training camp came Thursday.

Working in the red zone, the offense ran a pass play, with Sam Bradford finding wide receiver Brice Butler inside the 5-yard line. Butler slid to make the catch and linebacker Deone Bucannon, coming from the backside, tried to leap over the prone Butler and avoid a hit. Instead, Bucannon's left knee slammed into Butler's helmet, and Bucannon went down. It got quiet fast, but after a minute, Bucannon was able to get up and walk off the field.

Defensive coordinator Al Holcomb said afterward that Bucannon was a tough guy and he'd be fine, and early returns point that way. But it was one of those moments you hold your breath.

-- Tackle Andre Smith, safety Antoine Bethea and defensive tackle Corey Peters got a veteran day off.

-- That didn't protect Bethea from being Larry Fitzgerald's first sneak-attack ankle tackle of training camp.

-- Earlier in the day, coach Steve Wilks had talked about how important it was for the players to be focused on practice and a quick start after a day off Wednesday. He got it, especially early. Thursday's work was the most physical of camp thus far.

-- Cornerback Jonathan Moxey was sitting out, and linebacker Airius Moore and cornerback Lou Young both left during practice.

-- There were a handful of plays that stood out. Josh Rosen hit J.J. Nelson for an early bomb as Nelson continues to show why he's the best bet as a deep threat, even while he works to show he can be more than that. Running back T.J. Logan showed off his burst on a long "touchdown" run, and even fellow back Sherman Badie broke off a long inside gain as the offensive linemen continue to show well in camp. Bradford found tight end Gabe Holmes for a 12-yard TD on third-and-10.

-- Cornerback Brandon Williams made a nice interception on a Mike Glennon pass. Williams is having what looks to be a solid camp, which would be crucial for this team if it extends into games.

LB Deone Bucannon and WR Brice Butler after their collision.
LB Deone Bucannon and WR Brice Butler after their collision.

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