Dirk Koetter Updates Vita Vea Injury

July 31st, 2018

Bad look for the 1st-round pick

Lotta good things on the practice field for the Buccaneers today, but this sight above certainly wasn’t one of them.

Vita Vea’s injury was front and center.

Of course, Dirk Koetter was asked about Vea’s prognosis and he was vague but grateful.

“It was better than we thought,” Koetter said of the injury. “You know, what he described, what Vita described when it happened was what you would think if a guy tore his Achilles, which would be a year long injury.

“Thankfull,y it was not that. It’s a calf injury. He’s going to be out for right now, but it’s not what it could have been. In that respect, we’re better off than we thought we were.”

Koetter would not offer a timetable for Vea’s return.

This really stinks. Joe is not a doctor, but usually when a guy has the scooter and the boot, as seen above, it’s usually a three-week injury at minimum.

Today, Joe is considering Vea to be out of preseason action.

28 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Updates Vita Vea Injury”

  1. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Making Marge Simpson worried sounds…

  2. Bucwheat Says:

    What hurts the most is missing out on conditioning in the Florida summer during training camp. His body needs time to acclimate to this weather because it is nothing like the Northwest. All in all I’m glad it’s not serious but I expect him to be nothing more than a rotational player the first few weeks.

  3. Steven007 Says:

    Carolina is already down their best O lineman (for the year) and an important cog in their secondary (for a while). If this is the worst we see we’re lucky. Injuries suck.

  4. D-Rome Says:

    Obviously anytime we see a boot it’s never a good thing but I seem to recall over the past few years we’ve seen Ali Marpet in a boot only to be out of it a week later. It seems the Bucs go to extremes in these situations which is a good thing.

  5. Buccernutter Says:

    Honestly I’m not too stressed.

    Dts take time to develop. He wasn’t going to be too much of a force in week 1. Allen is a vet and should ball.

    This will give our defense some unexpected juice when he returns but I got money that he’ll be back sooner than 3 weeks. Hopefully

  6. Diesel Says:

    Prayers up for a speedy recovery Vita…#GoBucs

  7. Schlomie BarmitzvahCircumScissorStein Says:

    They laugh all the way to the bank.

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    It’s the soft camp, gonna have a harder camp. (sarcasm)

  9. AlteredEgo Says:

    Achilles…is my guess….not good

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We are deep on the Dline….thankfully!!!

  11. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Maybe Steve T can swap jerseys and pretend to be Vea…

    kind of like the movie “the man in the iron mask” Samoan version”

    Kobe “always trying to help by any means” Faker

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    well I guess i’ll be a 2down player this year….his conditioning wont be up to par to play 3downs….glad its not as serious as it looked….


  13. joestang Says:

    looks like vea found a way to beat the Florida heat, at least for now.

  14. feelthepewterpower Says:

    One reason why the Buccs should start a serious magnesium regimen (oil, baths, supplements). It would significantly reduce the number muscle and soft tissue injuries (tears, cramps, spasms, pulls, strains, soreness and lactic acid buildup, etc.) this team incurs in a yearly basis, Joe.

  15. feelthepewterpower Says:

    And to my point above…eliminate the gatorade. The sugar and sodium content likely causes more muscle issues discussed above.

  16. Jmarkbuc Says:


    I think you nailed it, an hour in pads and he pulled up lame.

  17. Buc believer Says:

    Sure seems like guys have a way of getting hurt when they come to Tampa.. must be something in the water.

  18. DB55 Says:

    This seemed so obvious to me but wtfdik. Like Sapp said you don’t draft a big guy from the NW to play in south Florida. Common sense isn’t so common. Big man didn’t make it one day out here.

    I think I had this same convo at the draft party but again wtfdik.

  19. Bucamania Says:

    Tape an aspirin to your leg and get back out there Vita!

  20. Billy Bob Says:

    our first round pick has found a way to beat the heat

  21. 813bucboi Says:


    that’s why I said we need to look at our medical staff…..now im not bashing you, but I doubt your a doctor…and yet you seem to have a better understanding as to why these type of injuries occur and how to prevent them…..

    I mean damn….if you can figure it out being a hard working 9-5 type of guy, then what the hell is the medical staff doing…..playing fortnite?…..


  22. Mike Johnson Says:

    Like I’ve said, I’m really hopin Vita will get his playin weight in the 310 to 325 range. He’s young and quick. But 350 is a load.

  23. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Why have an injured player out there on a “scooter” anyway? It just demoralizes everyone. Follow the Bill Parcells rule: if the player is not practicing, the player should not even be out there. The other article has Warren Sapp out there yukking it up with the players and “coaching”. He is my one of my favorite Bucs players, but he needs to be far away from the team. This “camp” is already becoming a joke. #PaidFloridaVacation

  24. gp Says:

    So much for crosstraining @ fullback

  25. Phil Says:

    As long as he is ready for the regular season.

  26. Pryda... sec147 Says:

    Wow what bad luck first day of padded practice and injured…not a great way to start your NFL career … I hope he gets back assp

  27. AmericasEnabler Says:

    Something tells me bust already. Hate to say that but…

  28. Oxycondoms Says:

    I hate spending high draft picks on morbidly obese players