Vea (calf) will not play in Sunday's season opening matchup with the Saints, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Vea has not been able to return to practice after being sidelined for nearly a month, so there is no surprise that he has been ruled out for Week 1. Expect the team to exercise caution with their No. 12 overall pick in order to ensure his health going forward. His absence will leave Jerel Worthy as the sole healthy backup at defensive tackle.
Vea (calf) is unlikely to play in Friday's game against the Lions, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Vea hasn't played in any of the Buccaneers preseason games as he's worked his way back from a calf strain. He remains without a concrete timetable for return, but the team will hope to have the No. 12 overall pick from this year's draft back in action in time for Week 1.
This is an encouraging sign for Vea, who was originally thought to have sustained a potentially serious leg injury. Though there remains no clear timetable for the 12th overall pick's return, the fact Vea no longer requires the use of a boot is a step in the right direction.
It was originally feared that Vea could be facing a long-term absence after suffering a potentially serious lower-leg injury, but he avoided the worst-case scenario, and his situation is better than expected. There's still no clear timetable for his eventual return, and Beau Allen figures to see additional reps with the first-team defense at defensive tackle in the meantime.
Vea (calf) was seen in a walking boot during Tuesday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
While there has still been no timetable given since Vea strained his left calf on Sunday, the sight of the defensive lineman in a boot and requiring the use of a scooter is not an encouraging sign. The 2018 first-round pick could be facing an extended absence, but it is hard to say for how long until the team provides an official update.
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