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Bucs relieved rookie DT Vita Vea injury not more serious

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After a scheduled day off Monday, the Buccaneers were back at it Tuesday, and arguably the biggest story wasn’t happening between the line on the practice filed, but with an injury status off of it.

Rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea had hobbled off the field Sunday with a left leg injury and the Bucs were initially fearing the worst. However, it turns out that the prized #1 pick won’t be out, significantly.

Head coach Dirk Koetter expressed relief when he met with the media after Tuesday’s practice and was asked for the latest news of Vea’s injury.

“It’s better than we thought. What he described, what Vita described when it happened was what you would think if a guy tore his Achilles, which would be a year-long injury. Thankfully it was not that. It’s a calf injury and he’s going to be out for right now, but it’s not what it could have been. So, in that respect, we’re better off than we thought we were.”

Yikes.

Achilles tear?

Talk about a “dodged bullet.”

The #1 pick for Tampa Bay in April, was diagnosed with a calf strain instead. And as we wrote Sunday, if the injury is a grade one strain (slight tear) that he may only be out a couple of weeks or just a week.

Koetter wouldn’t be specific on that asked Tuesday for a timetable on Vea’s return,

“He’s going to be out for a little bit and I’ll update you in a little bit.”

Vea was at Tuesday’s practice watching (which may become common the next week or so), as shown here by ESPN.com’s Jenna Laine:

As you can see, Vea was using a scooter to move around and is in a medical walking boot to help stabilize and heal the strain.

And the Buccaneers won’t be too quick to rush him back, as they have several more weeks of camp and preseason and three more games after next week’s preseason opener in Miami.

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