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Jim O’Neil calls DeForest Buckner day-to-day

I’m skeptical, but the team is publicly holding out hope DeForest Buckner will play.

The San Francisco 49ers are not quite ready to rule defensive tackle DeForest Buckner out for Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Buckner suffered a foot injury on Sunday. He missed Monday’s practice and was wearing an orthopedic walking boot. On Tuesday, defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil told the media Buckner is day-to-day, and the team is optimistic for Thursday.

It would be great if Buckner was back and good to go, but I still see odds as pretty long for Buckner to be able to play on Thursday. If he is back at practice on Tuesday, even in limited fashion, I’ll happily bump up those odds. However, much like Bruce Arians’ optimism about Carson Palmer, I’m guessing this is mostly just some gamesmanship.

The first four weeks, Buckner has led the team’s defensive linemen in snaps. He played in 70 of 76 snaps on Sunday before his injury. The remaining linemen included Arik Armstead (52 snaps), Mike Purcell (45), Quinton Dial (28), Glenn Dorsey (12), and Ronald Blair (7).

Buckner’s absence will likely mean Tony Jerod-Eddie gets activated after a couple healthy scratch weeks. Jim O’Neil was asked about Glenn Dorsey potentially playing more, and he said Dorsey is getting closer to being a full go. Dorsey has been getting limited work, and it seems like the team is taking their time working back into the swing of things. Maybe this week we start to see a little more of him with Buckner potentially missing the game.