After defensive tackle Vita Vea went down during Tuesday’s practice, there was uncertainty surrounding the injury after he was able to walk under his own power. Head coach Bruce Arians followed up with reporters following practice stating he didn’t have anything on his young defensive tackle other than he looked fine walking off the field.
However, the latest update is a bit unsettling for the Buccaneers.
Per ESPN’s Jenna Laine, the 2018 first round pick is scheduled to have an MRI on the knee he injured during drills.
A source tells me Vita Vea will be getting an MRI on his knee Friday... https://t.co/JNKYuVxYxL— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) August 7, 2019
Why the team is waiting until Friday is unclear. Perhaps there is swelling or they are waiting to see how he reacts to some kind of treatment first.
For now, we just have to take the news for what it is. Here’s hoping it’s merely precautionary.
UPDATE: Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud states Vea had an MRI done last night. It appears that it may have been inconclusive and the other MRI will be Friday, as Laine reported above. Perhaps it will be then when we know more.
So for now, we still don’t know much of anything.
Bucs DT Vita Vea has an MRI on his left knee last night. He’ll get additional testing the next few days while the swelling goes down. No timetable yet for his return or even details of the injury available.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 7, 2019