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Buccaneers designate DT Vita Vea for return

Field Level Media
19 Jan 2021, 06:19 GMT+10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea was designated for return from injured reserve and will practice with the team on Wednesday.

Vea suffered a broken lower leg October 8 against the Chicago Bears and was thought to be out for the season.

"It's a big, big loss," head coach Bruce Arians said at the time of the injury.

The imposing nose tackle could be activated for a limited role at Green Bay on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Vea, 25, was taken off the field on a stretcher with an air cast around his lower leg and ankle with what was originally thought to be a fractured ankle in a Thursday night loss to the Bears.

But the Buccaneers updated the injury to a broken leg.

In five games before he was injured, the 330-pound Vea had 10 tackles and 2.0 sacks in 2020.

Pairing Vea with Ndamukong Suh could be a major boost for a Tampa Bay defense that had been stellar against the run before Alvin Kamara had 18 carries for 85 yards on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

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