The Buccaneers got some good news Friday on defensive tackle Vita Vea, who was at one point thought to have to have knee surgery.
The team sent Vea for an MRI on his knee earlier this week, and then the team let the swelling go down and he had another MRI today which gave the team hope.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com states that Vea does not need surgery to repair the injury. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reported earlier this week that the Buccaneers’ hope was that Vea suffered an LCL sprain and the second test appears to show that’s the case.
While Vea doesn’t need surgery, he is expected to miss time in the regular season. Rapoport reports that the belief is that he can return at some point in the first four weeks of the regular season.
Assuming that’s correct, it would make two straight years that Vea has been sidelined to start the regular season. He had a calf injury last year and missed the first three games despite reports that he’d be healthy in time for Week One.