Buccaneers’ Vita Vea Injured In Practice Sunday

Reports suggest calf injury is a strain, not serious

On the first practice of training camp open to the public, Tampa Bay Buccaneers first round draft pick Vita Vea sustained a calf injury that resulted in the defensive lineman being carted off the field. It is reported the injury is a calf strain and considered minor.

The defensive tackle out of washington was taken with the 12th overall pick in the NFL Draft. In 2017, he was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Vita Vea is expected to help shore up a pass rush that was last in the NFL the previous season.

The injury came during the first practice of training camp where players were allowed to make full contact. This is, as a result, an important showcase for defensive players. This is compounded by being the first practice open to the public, something that the Buccaneers have limited in the 2018 preseason.

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The belief is that an accidental kick to Vea’s calf caused the strain. The Buccaneers will monitor the issue and be cautious moving forward. Being that this came during the first week of training camp, there is no urgency to get Vea caught up to the rest of the defense before the season. There is plenty of time.

Pass rush was a point of emphasis for the Buccaneers, not just in the draft but throughout the offseason. Tampa Bay signed Jason Pierre-Paul in free agency, as well as Vinny Curry and Beau Allen. The four newcomers will add to a line that is headed by Gerald McCoy, one of the faces of the team’s entire defense.

For more on NFL training camp, check out Sports Talk Florida’s Training Camp Primer as well as Sports Talk 1040’s Training Camp Spectacular from last week.

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Tim Williams has been covering sports since his days as a student at Northeastern University covering events such as the Beanpot. In the thirteen years since, he has covered college hockey, the NFL, Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour, and the National Hockey League. A native of the Tampa Bay area, Tim has returned home after living much of his life in the northeast, including sixteen years in the Boston area. These days the Managing Editor of Sports Talk Florida can be found on Florida's golf courses when he's not working.