Vea's contract option will likely be picked up by the Buccaneers according to GM Jason Licht, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Though Vea didn't have as much game action in his 2020 campaign as seasons prior because of a leg injury, he managed to record 10 tackles (six solo) and two sacks through his five games. The 26-year-old plays a pivotal role in the team's defense, and it's no surprise Tampa Bay would want to keep a crucial part of their defensive line in the mix.
Vea, who recorded a solo tackle Sunday during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, finished the regular season with 10 tackles (six solo) and two sacks across five games. The 2018 first-round pick was off to a fine start until suffering a fractured leg Week 5 against the Bears, resulting in him landing on injured reserve. However, with the Buccaneers advancing to the NFC Championship Game, Vea had just enough time to heal sufficiently and make his return in that contest. He logged 33 snaps in that contest, albeit without accruing any statistics. If he isn't quite already back to 100 percent health, the jumbo-sized defensive tackle should be at full strength for Tampa Bay's offseason program. He'll once again play a pivotal role in helping the Buccaneers maintain their No. 1 ranking against the run in 2021.
The Buccaneers activated Vea (leg) from injured reserve Friday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Vea practiced this week for the first time since suffering a fractured ankle in Week 5 against the Bears. The third-year defensive tackle will immediately bolster the Buccaneers' front seven when he's on the field, but Vea could be on a pitch count in his first game in over three months. Through the first five games of the year, Vea recorded 10 tackles, two sacks, an additional tackle for loss and three quarterback hits.
The Buccaneers plan to activate Vea (leg) from injured reserve for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Peter Schrager of FOXSports.com reports. Coach Bruce Arians said the decision wouldn't be made until Saturday, but Schrager suggests it's close to a done deal. The 347-pound defensive tackle has been practicing this week, hoping to return from IR and make his first appearance since he fractured his leg/ankle Oct. 8 in a loss to the Bears. His return could make life more difficult for Aaron Jones and the Green Bay running game, though Vea probably won't be in top form after the extended absence.
Coach Bruce Arians said that a decision on whether to activate Vea (leg) from IR won't be made until Saturday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Vea has participated in practice the last three days, and it looks like he has at least a chance at coming off IR in time for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers. He hasn't played since fracturing his leg Week 5, so the Buccaneers could certainly opt to cap Vea's snaps even if he does retake the field.
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