The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to have DeForest Buckner (ankle) available to play this Saturday against the Denver Broncos, and so the team is working out some potential camp bodies. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo is reporting the team is working out defensive linemen Leger Douzable and Ricardo Mathews.
Douzable has been in the league since entering as a 2008 undrafted free agent. He has bounced around the league, spending time on eight different rosters, most recently with the Buffalo Bills last season. Mathews was a 2010 seventh round pick of the Indianapolis Colts. He has spent time on four rosters, most recently with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.
Buckner injured his ankle last week and missed some practice time, but was available for the preseason opener. He aggravated the injury and left after six snaps. He seemed to be moving around relatively well on the sideline after the game, and by all accounts this is not a big injury. Given that he will be a workhorse on the 49ers defensive line, it makes sense to rest him and get the ankle completely healthy during the preseason.