It’s the one thing that scares coaching staffs and that you cannot plan in advance for: what happens if a guy you are counting on gets injured right away?
The Buccaneers had that happen during Sunday’s workout, as #1 pick defensive tackle Vita Vea limped out of the early part of the practice with a lower leg injury. That’s the bad news. The good news is that has now been reported not serious.
For #Bucs first-round DT Vita Vea, who left practice limping today, the early word is it’s just a calf strain. I’d expect caution with his availability
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 29, 2018
Vea, who was the Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the University of Washington last year, has been expected to see significant playing time on the interior early in the year next to perennial Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy.
We wrote early last week that Vea that is not only trimmed down some from his 350lb. plus college playing weight, but was ready to deal with Tampa’s stifling humidity and heat index that at times in late July and early August can top 100 degrees.
Sunday’s Bucs workout had been moved inside to their new indoor practice facility.
Vea has also been raving about new defensive line coach Brentson Buckner for his teaching/mentoring the defensive line already. He will now have to rely on help from the meeting room and watching from the sidelines for a little while.
If it is only a “Grade one calf strain” for Vea, then, as outlined here, he may only be out for a few days or, so. However, the Bucs have every reason to be cautious and may decide to sit him a little longer with rest, rehab and treatment.
The Bucs will open their season on Thursday night August 9th in Miami.
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