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Week 17 Outlook
The Bucs activated DL Vita Vea (ankle) from injured reserve.
It was a big unknown as to whether or not Vea would return this season. The run-stuffing lineman fractured his ankle back in October but is now cleared to play in the NFC Championship against Green Bay. Even a limited Vea will give Tampa's defense a boost this Sunday.
Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (leg) was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday.
Vea will practice on Wednesday and rejoin the Buccaneers for the first time since fracturing his leg in Week 5. He will try to practice this week and look to be activated ahead of the NFC Championship game against Green Bay. If Vea is unable to suit up on Sunday, Rakeem Nunez-Roches will continue to handle NT duties.
The Bucs placed DT Vita Vea (leg) on season-ending IR.
This was unfortunately expected. Vea was having a tremendous season prior to his injury and will surely be missed along Tampa Bay's defensive line.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fear DT Vita Vea suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Thursday's night loss to the Bears.
PFF promptly replied to Schefter's tweet that Vea is currently ranked 2nd overall among defensive linemen and 2nd in pass-rush grade. This is a huge blow to a Bucs D/ST that has been one of the best so far this season in fantasy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea underwent a minor surgical procedure after suffering a hand injury a few weeks ago. He might miss some of training camp but is expected to be all systems go for the regular season.
A first-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2018, Vea has become one of the NFL’s best run stoppers in just two seasons in the league. In two seasons, Vea has recorded 63 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He’ll look to take another step forward toward dominance on Tampa Bay’s defensive line this season.