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Buccaneers DT Vita Vea suffers MCL sprain, bone bruise

Vita Vea injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea has suffered two injuries. During Week 10, Vea suffered a bone bruise and a sprained MCL against the Washington Football Team. He should be able to return this season, but will likely miss time.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the news via Twitter on Monday.

Vea was a first round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, 12th overall by the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay picked up his fifth-year option before the 2021 season began, meaning he will play for the Bucs in 2022, also, for over $7 million.

He has played in all nine game’s of Tampa’s season so far, totaling two defended passes, one fumble recovery, one sack and 18 combined tackles. While Vea was inactive for all but five games of the regular season, he was able to play in the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win over the Kansas City Chiefs, even having a sack in that game.

His timetable to return is not known at time of writing.

Featured image courtesy of Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

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