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August 20, 2020 11:20 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Full participant in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (hand) has been a full participant in training camp, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Vea has made a full recovery from hand surgery he underwent at the end of June. The defensive tackle has impressed at camp with his lateral quickness as he heads into his third season.

August 10, 2020 08:20 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Ready when pads come on
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (hand) will be ready for padded practices when they begin later in August, but he'll initially sport a club for added protection, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Vea underwent what was described as a minor procedure in late June on his hand, but the delay in the start of padded practices this summer will apparently buy him enough time to be ready Day 1. The mammoth defensive tackle once again is expected to be an integral part of a front seven that helped the Buccaneers defense rank tops in the NFL in rush yards per game allowed (73.8) in 2019.

June 27, 2020 03:44 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Gets work done on hand
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recently underwent a minor procedure for a hand surgery, but he should be ready for the start of the regular season, Adam Schefter of reports.

The same is not guaranteed with respect to training camp, as there is a chance the mammoth defensive tackle's recovery time does extend until some point in August. Vea, who logged a career-high 35 tackles in 2019, joins teammate Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) as the second member of the Buccaneers defense to undergo a surgical procedure over the last several days.

January 13, 2020 10:00 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Solid second season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recorded 35 tackles (19 solo), 2.5 sacks and three defensed passes across 16 games during the 2019 season. He also failed to complete one pass attempt and logged a one-yard touchdown reception.

The 2018 first-round pick was able to navigate groin and neck issues to play in all 16 games, although he logged under 50 snaps in 11 of those contests. Vea also continued to play a key role on special teams, and as a result of playing the full season, he slightly upped his tackle tally over that of his rookie campaign (28). Although Vea has yet to force or recover a fumble during his first two pro seasons, the jumbo-sized tackle was a key element of the Buccaneers' top-ranked run defense (73.8 rushing yards per game allowed). He'll be an IDP consideration in deeper formats next season, but his interior line position figures to limit his ability to make the type of impact plays that would boost his overall fantasy value.

November 26, 2019 08:28 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Active on both sides of ball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recorded two tackles (one solo), including one sack, two passes defensed and a one-yard touchdown reception in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

The jumbo-sized defensive tackle made his presence felt on both sides of the ball in the win, notching his first career offensive touchdown in the waning moments of the first half while also wreaking havoc on defense. Vea is an integral part of a defensive front that's allowing an NFC-low 78.7 rushing yards per game, and he's now surpassed his rookie-season tally of 28 tackles by one stop in two less games than he suited up for in 2018.

October 16, 2019 12:40 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Solid in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea finished Sunday's loss to the Panthers with four tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sacks.

Vea was part of the contigent with Ndamukong Suh to take down Kyle Allen in the backfield, good for Vea's first sack of the season. The 24-year-old hasn't quite been an IDP asset this season, playing just 57 percent of defensive snaps in the game and racking up 14 tackles through the first six games of the season. The team will head into the bye Sunday and take on the anemic Titans offense for Week 8.

October 4, 2019 04:12 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Shakes injury tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (neck) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game versus the Saints.

Vea was a limited participant in the first two practices of the week, but he upgraded to full speed Friday and shed the injury tag completely. The second-year pro will have a pivotal role Sunday, as he will be tasked with slowing down Alvin Kamara.

October 2, 2019 06:20 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Neck injury surfaces
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Veva (neck) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Vea shook off a groin injury before Week 4's game versus the Texans, and now he's dealing with a new issue. The severity is unclear and neck injuries can be tricky. Vea is a clear upgrade over his replacement Beau Allen, so the Buccaneers are hoping he'll be ready for Sunday's matchup against Alvin Kamara and the Saints.

September 27, 2019 05:44 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: No limitations Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (groin) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Vea had a steady increase in workload this week while dealing with a groin injury, and it concluded with a full practice Friday. He should be a full go Sunday afternoon against the Rams after being removed from the injury report.

September 26, 2019 09:08 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Dealing with groin issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (groin) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Vea logged 42 snaps on defense and another four on special teams in the Week 3 loss to the Giants, finishing with just an assisted tackle, his lowest tally through three games. The second-year defensive lineman would be key to helping slow a Rams running game helmed by Todd Gurley in Week 4, and his practice participation, or lack thereof, in Thursday's session should shed more light on his chances of being on the field versus Los Angeles.

September 14, 2019 04:12 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Productive start to season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea has seven tackles (two solo) over his first two games in 2019.

The 2018 first-round pick struggled with a knee sprain during the latter stages of training camp and preseason, but he's been able to log a combined 107 snaps over the first two regular-season games. Vea has yet to force a turnover, but his ability to put in a full workload right from the start of the campaign is already an improvement over a 2018 rookie season in which he missed the first three games due to a calf injury.

September 7, 2019 01:48 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: No restrictions Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea will suit up for Sunday's game against the 49ers without a snap count, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Vea missed the entire preseason due to a sprained knee but now looks back to full health. The 2018 first-round pick averaged just 38 defensive snaps per game as a rookie, and he now appears primed for an increased role. Vea will serve as Tampa Bay's starting nose tackle versus the 49ers.

September 7, 2019 01:16 AM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Logs full practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (knee) logged a full practice Thursday, Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Vea has been dealing with a sprained knee since early August but was able to avoid surgery, and it looks as though he will be ready for Week 1. The initial timeline for the nose tackle's recovery was within the first four weeks of the regular season, so having him back so early is a positive development for the Buccaneers. Vea should slot in as a starter provided he doesn't suffer any setbacks before Sunday's season opener against the 49ers.

September 3, 2019 04:48 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Back on practice field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Vea suffered a sprained LCL early in training camp, but it looks like he has recovered well and could be on the field Week 1. The 2018 first-round pick averaged 38 defensive snaps per game last year, totaling 28 tackles and three sacks. Vea's health will be crucial to the Bucs' defense this season, as he's expected to be the starting nose tackle.

August 18, 2019 08:56 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Recovery progressing well
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (knee) remains on track in his recovery from a sprained LCL and could suit up as soon as Week 1, Roy Cummings of reports.

Tampa Bay would love to have Vea's services from the get-go this season. The defensive tackle delivered 28 tackles and three sacks as a rookie after being selected 12th overall in the 2018 draft.

August 10, 2019 04:24 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: No surgery needed on knee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (knee) will not need surgery and is expected to be able to return within the first four weeks of the regular season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Vea suffered the knee injury in Tuesday's practice, and after an MRI, it appears that the defensive tackle is on tap to miss limited time during the regular season. How Vea recovers and progresses over the next couple of weeks should serve as a good indication on how long an absence he is facing once the regular season starts.

August 7, 2019 01:28 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: MRI on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea (knee) is scheduled to receive an MRI on his knee Friday, Jenna Laine of reports.

Vea walked off the field early during Tuesday's practice and did not return. The second-year defensive tackle appears to be managing a knee injury, the details of which are likely to remain undisclosed until after his MRI. Vea previously suffered a calf injury in training camp last season, the severity of which delayed the start of his rookie campaign by four weeks. He'll work to begin his sophomore season healthy.

January 8, 2019 02:44 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Solid as rookie despite injuries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea, who was credited with four solo tackles in a Week 17 loss to the Falcons, finished his rookie season with 28 tackles (21 solo), including two for loss, and three sacks across 13 games.

A calf injury that Vea suffered in a July 29 camp practice cost the rookie significant time, delaying his NFL debut until Week 4 against the Bears. Vea was then held off the stat sheet in his first two games, and he managed just 3.5 total tackles over the subsequent five contests. His season finally started trending in the right direction Week 12 against the 49ers, and he finished the campaign averaging 4.2 stops over the final six games of the season. Despite Vea's massive presence in the middle, the Buccaneers still allowed over six more rushing yards per game in 2018 than the year prior -- 123.9, compared to 117.5 in 2017 -- so the hope is a full training camp and regular season in 2019 will help both Vea and the team statistically.

December 25, 2018 10:56 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Returns to sack column
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea had three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 27-20 loss at Dallas.

Vea came back down to earth after exploding for nine tackles a week ago, but he still managed to record the sack. The 23-year-old has been limited throughout the season by injuries, but he's logged heavy snap counts over the last few games.

December 17, 2018 12:48 PM
Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Tallies nine tackles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vea recorded nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Vea entered Sunday with 12 tackles through 10 games, and a career-high of 4 tackles in a game. While he didn't notch any sacks, his nine tackles made Sunday's outing one of his most impressive as a pro. He'll look to maintain his momentum into Week 16, when the Buccaneers take on the Cowboys.

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