Vea Had Preliminary MRI

August 7th, 2019

Good signs?

Bucs coach Bruce Arians had an update on defensive tackle Vita Vea and it seems there may be a glimmer of hope.

Arians stated, per Jenna Laine of ESPN, that Vea had an MRI Tuesday evening and that it may not be that bad.

Vita Vea had an MRI Tuesday night, had some fluid and swelling in his knee so he will have another one Friday, Bruce Arians confirmed. They’ll know more Friday and have a timetable. “The original prognosis was good,” Arians said.

Arians hinted there likely will not be additional information about Vea”s injury until his scheduled MRI Friday.

Now late this afternoon, Jim Miller, co-host of “Movin’ the Chains” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, broadcasting live from One Buc today, said Vea was walking around the building like normal.

Joe is crossing his fingers here. The Bucs cannot afford to lose Vea.

43 Responses to “Vea Had Preliminary MRI”

  1. LordCornelius Says:

    Please football gods. Give us a good year with some good luck for once. Please! I can’t take this sh1t anymore lol.


  2. firethecannons Says:

    wow–thanks for the update Joe–appreciate your website much at times like this!

  3. Joe Says:

    You are welcome fire!

  4. BuccaNole Says:

    Hopefully all he needs is a little Vita…mins.
    Thank you thank you! I’m here all week

  5. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Based on all the info we have, including that there is fluid and swelling but he is walking on it and “good prognosis”, I’m going to say it’s likely a grade 2 MCL/LCL sprain, which would likely put him out for 4-6 weeks. I think (hope and pray) that he will be ready to rock in week 1 against San Fran.

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Some good news is much appreciated. Probably a sprain (crosses fingers).

  7. TonyC Says:

    Stop the stupid 4 o’clock practices. You keep forcing these guys onto that nasty turf.

  8. Todd Says:

    A little haiku for all you haiku fans:

    Vita Vea BEAST,
    WILL Your Knee To Be Better,
    You Are Our Savior.

    In BA’s Name, Amen.

  9. Buc4evr Says:

    If it’s a mcl or lcl sprain maybe he needs to be playing in a knee brace?

  10. chris L Says:

    could this be a similar injury that donovan smith had last year? if i recall, he got injured past mid august but was ready to go week 1. he is a warrior though but definitely hoping it is similar to that and better. i also wonder if we will get the results from his MRI announced to the public after the game on friday.

    ugh i hate this but hope it is good. Joe – seeing a bunch of other defensive players not travelling – do we have a timetable of when they will return: nelson, jamel dean for example.

  11. Todd Says:


    Regarding the 4pm practices in Tampa…this time of year…AMEN! Stop them.

    My spider senses think BA will learn from experience. Even though it should have been intuitive. I give BA the discount. Because he can do no wrong in my eyes. Because…we’ll, just because.

    It’s MY movie to be the anti-Eor.


  12. BucEmUp Says:

    I think the knee swelling and leg/ feet issues may be from these guys practcing almost full time on turf. The 4 oclock practices have them going indoors often and all players will tell you the turf takes a tole comparred to grass. Arians may want to change the practices to 1 oclock but with the first two home games being 4 oclock star times I kinda see that being a factor as well.

    I wish they would have made a roll out grass field to go in the new facility lime Arizona stadium has but I guess that’s being a little too picky.

    I think its the turf. Smith, David and Vea who will be next?

  13. BucEmUp Says:


  14. Cobraboy Says:

    If it was at all serious, he’d be in a brace.

  15. unbelievable Says:

    @ Lord Corn- exactly!

    Can we just have one season with a chance? Lol.

  16. TDTB Says:

    Buc4, I agree

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    Finally had a large sigh of relief on the oline when they say Cappa is dominating. And we’ve lost Liedtke and Donovan Smith is injured to some extent. Now Vea goes down when Cappa’s (I think) playing well against him. Ughhhhhhhhh.


  18. Todd Says:

    I have it on good authority that Vea is fine. This was a false flag. It was intended to stop Joe from reporting on a positive aspect of the Bucs. The more people are “negative like Joe” in the media, the more under the radar we’ll be.

    So I’d say, “Mission accomplished!” Vea was as just a crisis actor. He’s fine…just fine. And JPP will start the first game. He, too, is fine.

    BA and TB are playing 5-D chess!

    You’re welcome. Todd is now changing his handle to Q. Squared.

    I’m here for you Bucs fans…to help uncover the truth.

  19. orlbucfan Says:

    VV will be fine when the season starts.

  20. Says:

    Les gooooooooo

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Vita VeA came into camp Overweight. He’s always needed to drop 25 to 35 pds.
    Even Stevie Wonder can see that……….Why can’t all of you?

  22. BucAllNight Says:

    Here Here!! (I was thinking same thing)

    Great point I mean you should practice how you play Right??
    We PLAY on grass and should practice on it too

    Please make this UPGRADE to your awesome facility next year to PROTECT your investment!!

    Get well all of our solldiers (JPP, VV, Edwards, Evans, LVD)

    We need ALL of you guys!!

    Positive VIBES only!!

    Lets change the Energy/Mojo

    This is OUR YEAR

    Go Bucs!!

  23. Mike10 Says:

    Yay. Knocking on all the wood I see

  24. SOEbuc Says:


    That’s a good point and encouraging. Especially since last year’s knee strain was his left leg, also.

  25. ModHairKen Says:

    A grade 2 MCM/LCL sprain, Jeebs? You got all that from a half complete report on a MRI and a description that he can walk normally? I think we can probably safely rule out knife wound, vitamin D deficiency and impetigo as the cause of his symptoms.

    Everyone not affiliated with the Bucs knows nothing.

  26. RODNEY ALLEN Says:

    Thanks joe. Fingers crossed lord know we good use a season with some or alot of good luck on our side for a change

  27. Magadude Says:

    Hopefully just a strain. Alas, our flight to PIT will be a little happier tomorrow. I still remember as a kid the 42-0 route from Terry Bradshaw and company in 1976.

  28. Wesley Says:

    Make no mistake we will lose key players this pre season, it happens every single season.

  29. Jimbuc2 Says:

    Not to nitpik, but syllable count should be 5/7/5 for haiku. Yes, I do enjoy that poetry format. But kudos for the effort. Here’s my try:
    Vita Vea’s knee
    Better today than day ago
    Quartebacks beware!

    Go Bucs!

  30. Bobbo Says:

    RayJay is known for having some of the best drainage. I don’t know why we don’t practice there more often. Those practice fields have to be garbage

  31. Beligerentbuc Says:

    No worries if Vea can’t go…our scheme requires LB’s and run stuffers…we will find a ton of them in the final cuts.

    Vea ain’t no Aaron Donald, he is replacable as is our whole line.
    They are all on one year rentals anyway!

  32. El_Buc941 Says:

    Shut him down unitl September 8!It sucks cause he wont get the training camp reps he needs but it could be good that other teams wont have an idea of the force him and suh bring.

  33. MadMax Says:

    In that video you can see his cleats on that leg sliding right before he goes down, lost his footing. Hopefully its just a strain or something small with the outside ligament and not the acl.

  34. Cobraboy Says:

    @Todd: Haikus also involve one of the four seasons. Like:

    The Spring of Vita Vea
    Bash a nest of angry wasps
    He calls them all lunch

  35. Sport Says:

    Cora. That was beautiful. Well done.

  36. Sport Says:

    In BA I Trust!

  37. Alstott up the gut Says:

    You are right Joe…. the Bucs cannot afford to lose Vita Vea!

  38. Todd Says:


    My Haiku is 5, 7, 5!

    I just re-read it three times to make sure it wasn’t a product of one beer too many.

    Stone-cold sober, I’m counting 5, 7, 5.


  39. Todd Says:


    Nonsense to a Haiku requiring a season within it. That would be terribly boring. Especially when blowing 2.0!

    That would be akin to Joe never being positive about the Bucs.

    Wait…scratch that.

  40. BigHog Says:

    I said when we drafted him that he needed to play at about 325 lbs! GO BUCS!! HO FAMOUS!! GO SUHY!! COME BACK VITA VEA!!

  41. Cobraboy Says:


    Don’t “Fall” for the trap
    Haikus are about nature
    Five seven five sounds

    😉 😉 😉

    I guess you pronounce Vea as “Vay-ah.” I use “Vay.” I have no idea which is correct, one or two syllables.

    It would be impossible to use his entire name in a Haiku.

  42. LordCornelius Says:

    Fingers crossed man. I was so excited to see this guy in year 2 dominating and blowing up o-lines

  43. wideleftandright Says:

    Vea strength is in his legs,i would rather him get the time to heal and chill a few games than rush it and lose him for the season.