The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open the 2019 NFL season this Sunday. Ahead of the matchup with the 49ers head coach Bruce Arians announced defensive tackle Vita Vea will be active.
Vea missed a month with an LCL sprain in his left knee. Arian stated Vea wouldn’t be on a snap count and that, “He came in great shape and maintained it.” The original prognosis for Vea was 4-8 weeks. The 12th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft only needed about 4 weeks.
Vea spoke with the media about his injury. “I feel good, I’ve been working out with the strength staff. The training room, they’ve been running me to the ground so I feel good. I feel like I haven’t missed a step conditioning wise, everything’s just mental right now to get back into it.” Vea went on to say, “It runs through your head but you always think of the bright side, like, No, nothing bad. Even when I did the MRI right after, I told my mom and she was like praying for me and she’s like, ‘Everything’s gonna be all right.’ I took a second MRI and I thought it was gonna be like, ‘Oh, it was a mistake,’ but everything was fine. It came out what it was, I stuck to rehab and now I’m here.”
This is obviously great news for the Buccaneers heading into the season opener. Being able to put the tandem of Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea on the field together will solidify the Buccaneers defensive line.
Sources: Jenna Laine, Buccaneers.com
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