Vita Vea, Donovan Smith, Jamel Dean Will Play

January 1st, 2023

Bucs fans won’t see Cameron Brate, Carlton Davis, Carl Nassib, Breshad Perriman or Kyle Trask on the field today against the Panthers.

They’re inactive, and Davis and Nassib are significant losses.

But that’s overshadowed by the epic news of left tackle Donovan Smith returning from his foot injury and manbeast nose tackle Vita Vea is doing the same. Starting cornerback Jamel Dean (toe) also will play.

Joe can’t speak to what kind of shape they’re in, but these veteran tough guys have a history of manning up and showing up for huge games.

The smell of a double-digit victory is in the air!

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165 Responses to “Vita Vea, Donovan Smith, Jamel Dean Will Play”

  1. Mike Johnson Says:

    Thats what I’m talking about. All hand on deck for a playoff run. Give it your best Bucs. I got my popcorn..and libations ready for the game.

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Both good and bad news. We need Smith out there…I just hope the rest of the oline does their part so he can just focus on his own area.

    Vea being back is just awesome. We’re going to need a strong defense today to help win this game. Especially against the run.

    Davis being out is horrible. Massib being out is bad.

    I have no idea who is out for the Pants.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    They simply cannot lose again

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Was the title edited? lol

    I completely missed Dean on the first read.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Dean is our best secondary this year. Having him may make up for Davis being out.

  6. NEfan Says:

    Stop the run is the Bucs only chance. White shadowing Chubba all game. Let Darnold beat you.

  7. Mike Says:

    Davis is a loss because of his ability to play physical at the point of attack. Going to need the corners to play strong out there and take away the sideline.

  8. 97 bucBaby Says:

    I can’t stand Carlton Davis dude is trash

  9. PanthersSuck! Says:

    Path to the Superbowl starts at kickoff.

  10. Jack Clark Says:

    lol I like how one Joe is hopeful and the other Joe is miserable. I’m hopeful Donovan Smith will not commit any penalties today and I’m miserable that our head coach doesn’t want our offense scoring more than 30 points a game.

  11. Mickman Says:

    @97bucbaby, could not agree more. Dean is far better. Will be a shame to lose him. Davis has hands of stone can’t catch anything

  12. Tony Says:

    Donovan Smith is an upgrade? In what? They need help over there even with him in.

  13. Tony Says:

    You’d think Donovan would’ve picked it up by now. Especially being in like his sixth or seventh year.

  14. DBS Says:

    The Trask cry baby will be crying all game long. Going to have at least 100 comments just from him in the open thread

  15. Casual Observer Says:

    Good news.

  16. 500Cells Says:

    Betting a ton of money of the rebirth of the lost decade today! LFG………Stinking Panthers?! I am sooooo in draft mode already.

  17. 500Cells Says:

    “The smell of a double-digit victory is in the air!”

    LMFAO! Man how many big storm beers have you guys had already? Make sure to keep the bottle of tums handy for after this is over.

  18. Christos Says:

    Double digit victory ?
    Now that would be something unexpected for sure
    Go Bucs

  19. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    CDIII is out

    …..that’s really bad.

  20. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    CDIII being out is worse than Donovan Smith playing!!!!!!


  21. NEfan Says:

    Davis has no balls. If it’s not a broken collar bone take the shot. If it’s a rotator cuff be pissed because I believe your 45yr old QB has the same problem.

  22. BucsFan81 Says:

    Well in about 4 hours the re build will begin along with Trask getting his first NFL start next week.

  23. SB~LV Says:

    The pain is nigh

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Well…I know Brady is motivated. I don’t think he wants his last regular season game to be a loss.

  25. D-Rok Says:

    GO BUCS!!!

  26. bucnut2 Says:

    I think Joe smells something else.

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    OMG, Joe, give us the thread! lol

  28. bucnut2 Says:

    I’m with 500

  29. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Lol no thread? Bad

  30. Defense Rules Says:

    Just a couple days ago, the Bucs’ injury report read:

    o Davis: Doubtful – Shoulder (didn’t practice all week).
    o Nassib: Doubtful – Pectoral (limited practice all week).
    o Vea: Questionable – Calf (limited practice all week).
    o Winfield: Questionable – Ankle (limited practice all week).
    o Dean: Questionable – Toe (limited practice all week).
    o Edwards: Questionable – Hamstring (limited practice all week)
    o D Smith: Questionable – Foot (limited practice all week).
    o Wirfs: Questionable – Ankle (limited practice all week).
    o Julio: Questionable – Knee (limited practice all week).

    That doesn’t count several others like Nelson, RNR & Otton who missed practice for various maladies last week. IOW this Bucs team is pretty well beat up by this point, and even if all of them play, many of them won’t be even close to 100%. The number of leg & ankle injuries is staggering.

    BTW, Panthers injury list only showed 1 out (CB Horn) and 3 others as Questionable.

  31. BucsFan81 Says:

    Even joe knows they have no shot at winning so he said screw doing the open thread lol

  32. Yacksareback Says:

    Bowles no balls defers to Panthers.

  33. Faspro Says:

    Yeah, bucs D looks weak…

  34. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Where’s the defense? Joke. No GameThread? Bad karma.

  35. cmurda Says:

    Game thread???? Toddlet Bowles defense looking weak per their coach to start

  36. HC Grover Says:

    BOWZO strikes 1st BLUNDER defer the ball, what a total MORON.

  37. Roc Says:

    No opening thread?????

  38. BucU Says:


  39. AmauryGuzman Says:

    This team almost looks flat. What a joke. Get rid of this damn coaching staff.

  40. Rod Munch Says:

    Joe knows how this game is going to turn out and that the game day thread will just be 3-hours of whining, so he’s not even bothering doing it today.

  41. Roc Says:

    Joe is still sleep

    Late Night

  42. cmurda Says:

    Nothing to see here. Just a lost football team lead by a poor Head Coach. Horrific D Line.

  43. Roc Says:


  44. Faspro Says:

    I guess we gotta start are own gameday open thread

  45. cmurda Says:

    He would be correct Rod. Bowles is a sinkhole.

  46. HC Grover Says:

    Is that Johnny Unitas shredding BOWZO big bad D?

  47. bucnut2 Says:

    nice opening series

  48. Rod Munch Says:

    A shockingly pitiful opening, even by Bowles standards.

  49. Faspro Says:

    Just like that, bucs are gettin’ manhandled…

  50. ElioT Says:

    Panthers showed up.

    Bucs defense didn’t.

    Here comes a 3 & out!

  51. cmurda Says:

    Wow. Toddlet Bowles will render the TB Bucs useless at home in a must win game. Fire this clown show.

  52. BucU Says:


  53. Roc Says:

    Question “If the Bucs Lose does Joe call for a Coaching change??”

  54. cmurda Says:

    Toddlet Bowles. Nah nah nah nah hey hey hey GOODBYE

  55. Jugheadfla Says:

    If that’s the way they are going to tackle, it’s going to be a long day.

  56. BucsFan81 Says:

    Game over. Looks like the rebuild will start at halftime. Bring in Trask lol

  57. HC Grover Says:

    BOWZO BOWZO he our man
    If he caint BLUNDER no one can

  58. BucU Says:

    God damn embarrassment this organization is.

  59. Boltsfan17 Says:

    Panthers just dominated the line of scrimmage throughout that drive.

  60. Curse of Gruden Says:

    The D has come to play.

  61. bucnut2 Says:

    2more TD’s and we are toast.

  62. I hate this Says:

    D comes out flat. Just like the coaches personality. Fire this clown

  63. cmurda Says:

    At least it didn’t take long for Bowles and his always outcoached self to make sure there was never a doubt the trend would continue.

  64. D-Rok Says:

    Yep, Panthers throwing all over the yard, just like we all expected. Remember the Ravens passed on us first half, then 2nd half ran the ball down our throats. Guess the Panthers are gonna use Ravens game plan.

  65. Couch Fan Says:

    Im betting Bowles is just standing there looking confused.

  66. BucU Says:

    I hate everything about this team.

  67. Miller5252 Says:

    Are they gonna do first play run up the middle or attack the weak secondary???? Tell a lot of how they approach this game. Look for a pass to Evans on 1st and 10. If it’s a run up the gut…. Gonna be a long day

  68. Sampson Says:

    A must win game and they let me walk all over them. Geezes… this team.

  69. BomTrady Says:

    Every single week it’s the same old thing

    Opposing team gets opening kickoff and drives right down the field and scores, plus we get the added bonus of seeing several missed tackles, poor effort, blown assignments and penalties.

    The Bucs begin every single game in a 0-7 hole.

    Most coaches, not named Bowels, would game plan for this and correct it.

  70. SB~LV Says:

    Call 911
    The Joes have fallen and can’t get up

  71. SOGGY Says:

    OH OH 7 notin

  72. Rod Munch Says:

    Not to worry, so long as the defense can pitch a shutout the rest of the game, Leftwich can get us 9 and we’ll win this.

  73. Knucknbuc Says:

    Lol Bowles with an excellent called opening drive… let’s see what lefty has lol

  74. NEfan Says:

    Great Defensive Coordinator may arse

  75. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Bowles should never get a head coaching gig after this year.

  76. Cchead Says:

    How bout rhat Todd Blowes defense

  77. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Guess this will serve as the open thread today, lol

  78. HC Grover Says:

    Does BOWZO have a plan for this drive?

  79. Faspro Says:

    Now comes the anemic offense

  80. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Another terrific start by the Bucs!

  81. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Lol total disgrace.

  82. SB~LV Says:

    Dirt ball

  83. Rod Munch Says:

    That’s great, so they get a PI call and we get a defensive holding call which robs us of 15 yards of field position. It’s going to be one of those days.

  84. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Sam Darnold, looking like Joe Montana

  85. McBucky Says:

    Here we go again! Same O same O. Kudos to the coaching staff.

  86. Bucs14 Says:

    Yucs are going to lose today. I’m calling at least 2 holds called on Smith and a bad day for Shady Brady.

  87. chark Says:

    can someone tell me how you let a bubble screen go for 11 yards ? these guys suck!!!

  88. 1Gr8Buc Says:

    For the sake of this team moving forward I am quietly hoping the Panthers absolutely embarrass us this afternoon

  89. HC Grover Says:

    Wooo Hooo a hold aready!

  90. Couch Fan Says:

    LMAO SMith the drive killer strikes again

  91. Rod Munch Says:

    That was literally not holding, another BS call.

  92. Faspro Says:

    What an effin joke…

  93. BitcoinTom Says:

    D Smith. Mr flag hahaha

  94. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Donovan strikes again!!!

  95. Jugheadfla Says:

    Donohold strikes again!

  96. HC Grover Says:

    El Droppo!

  97. BomTrady Says:

    Donavon Smith’s thrice a game holding penalty, huh?

    Getting number 1 out of the way early today.

    Happy New Year!

  98. SOGGY Says:

    trying to get mike his yards

  99. NEfan Says:

    Comical, same old shat

  100. Curse of Gruden Says:

    “Rebuild starts at halftime.” Appears very accurate.

  101. HC Grover Says:

    Perfect BOWZO start!

  102. SB~LV Says:

    Blooper ball , lucky it wasn’t intercepted

  103. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Right through the breadbasket.

  104. Rod Munch Says:

    Idiots complaining about Smith should actually watch the game instead of being incel cupcakes.

  105. BucU Says:

    Hahaha have we seen this movie before?

  106. HC Grover Says:


  107. NEfan Says:

    Right between the 1&3. Ya that’s on the fossil.

  108. chark Says:

    why do offenses look so great against us and our offense looks so stale and nondangerous and predictable…why?? cause the coaching on this team sucks!!! every which way offense defense special teams…it is the coaching…worst coaching staff outside of colts and broncos

  109. Richard Dickson Says:

    Defender had his hand in there.

  110. Rodmunch74 Says:

    It’s over

  111. Rod Munch Says:

    Well this game is over.

  112. bucnut2 Says:

    here we go

  113. Faspro Says:

    Yeah!!! Way to go!! Lol

  114. Boltsfan17 Says:


  115. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Just not our year……

  116. Jugheadfla Says:

    And the clown show bigons

  117. Bangkoak Bucs Fan Says:

    Bucs beating Bucs.

  118. BucU Says:

    Hahaha there we go!!!! GARBAGE TEAM!!

  119. Couch Fan Says:

    At this point all I can do is laugh.

  120. Rod Munch Says:

    These losers can’t overcome a 7 point deficit, then add a turnover on top of it, and the Bucs lose by 35 today.

  121. cmurda Says:

    Mike Evans is just completely off. WTF man. Go up and c atch the GD ball. I guess you just can’ throw to him anymore. He’s just not getting it done. Inexcusable drop by Mike. This team is finished. Poorly coached. Zero energy. Donezo before halftime. It’s a sucker mentality. We blow. Godwin fumbles. Screw this trash coached team. What human garbage every week. Brady bye. Thanks for the memories. Not even you can overcome this crapshow of a franchise

  122. SOGGY Says:

    Cmon man don,t fumble.. OH OH

  123. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    And……even Chris Godwin gets in on the action! It’s week 16 folks….the first 15 weeks were not a mirage. This team is mediocre on a good day.

  124. BucU Says:

    Fire every mother Fer except Tristan.

  125. Roc Says:

    TPD needs to investigate the FRAUD


  126. Rodmunch74 Says:

    It was a good run. Gotta wait another 20 years for a SB run

  127. BucU Says:

    I cant watch this garbage anymore. I hate this team more than I can describe.

  128. Jugheadfla Says:

    We all know this team doesn’t have the stones to overcome these mistakes

  129. Stevek Says:

    Godwin and Evans need to start playing to their potential.

  130. Bucfan1988 Says:

    Yeah that Smith holding call was pure GARBAGE….

    Can’t believe that Godwin fumbled that 🤦🏻‍♂️

  131. Scooter Says:

    If Carolina is 0-6 when the opposition scores first, Bucs should not have deferred.

  132. Stevek Says:

    It would be nice to dial up something to get a sack.

  133. BucU Says:

    Todd Bowles has cursed this team. Sickening man.

  134. cmurda Says:

    My apologies to Mike Evans. Didn’t realize he was being illegally interfered with and having his arm hooked. Good call ref

  135. Roc Says:


    No Fire

    Collecting a check


  136. HolyBucs Says:

    WHY ARE THE BUCS SO CURSED?????????????

  137. BitcoinTom Says:

    Can we bench Smith? He’s a liability

  138. cmurda Says:

    Same screen play that beats Toddlet’s defense for the 8th time today.

  139. HolyBucs Says:




  140. Roc Says:

    Can we Bench Toilet Bowl


  141. Beeej Says:

    Well we forced a 3 and out

  142. SOGGY Says:

    glad they punted

  143. Stevek Says:

    Good stop D, let’s get the O rolling. No huddle, motion, play action, and tell Mike Evans to catch the damn ball!

  144. cmurda Says:

    Stupid decision to punt right there. Your team is on a roll and another TD just about ices us. Now, if Brady can get the offense going, we can seize mojo. Come on boys

  145. Beeej Says:

    Looks like Goedeke is the new swing tackle

  146. cmurda Says:

    Lets keep running slow Lenny with no blocking even though we just can’t run. I need every single coach gone. Absolutely pitiful coaching. Pitiful. Pathetic idiots. We have thrown all over this team and the dipsticks that coach this team run slow Lenny. Eff these coaches.

  147. bucnut2 Says:

    Fumble, punt

  148. bucnut2 Says:

    impressive offensive start. 2 runs up the middle after a nice gain. That’s aggressive.

  149. AmauryGuzman Says:

    That last drive was all leftwich. Clown

  150. Stevek Says:

    We need to get presnap motion, play action, and just better more diverse play calling. Our offense is capable of much, much more.

  151. AmauryGuzman Says:

    This is the worse coaching staff or top 3

  152. Beeej Says:

    Well, another 3 and out, wtg D

  153. Beeej Says:

    No return on 57 yard punt???

  154. Stevek Says:

    Now would be a better time than any for us to wake the hell up.

  155. Stevek Says:

    Come on boys. I still have faith.

  156. chark Says:

    As a bucs fan since 76.. I cannot wait for tom brady to have an excellent season next year be it san fran or las vegas. It will happen and the bucs and the annoying part of the media and fans will get what they deserve. We will assuredly go back to being the bucs. It annoys the hell out of me all the brady did this or didnt do this talk. Yes he is having a rough season so our almost all players in tampa. because the dysfunction starts and ends with the coaching.

  157. Stevek Says:

    Looking rough.

  158. BucU Says:
  159. BucU Says:

    What are the Glazers thinking right now?

  160. BucU Says:

    Say bye bye to TB and his ignorant sidekick after this game. I’m bailing on this garbage team as well.
    You want to root for these losers then God Bless.

  161. AmauryGuzman Says:

    These wideouts are not making any plays whatsoever.

  162. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Chark you will next year that it was the coaching staff no doubt.

  163. AmauryGuzman Says:

    This d-line has to get pressure on the damn QB.

  164. AmauryGuzman Says:

    This defense

  165. Reach87 Says:

    Big ups to all our Haters!😀