For any Bucs fan holding onto a small ray of hope that defensive tackle Vita Vea could return deep into the playoffs this season, don’t hold your breath. According to head coach Bruce Arians, the key Bucs currently on injured reserve are probably going to stay there.

“I doubt it very seriously,” Arians said when asked about the possibility of Vea or tight end O.J. Howard returning from injury at some point this season. “O.J. for sure cannot. They’re both doing really, really well, I see them a lot. Even Vita, I doubt very seriously even all the way to the end (of the playoffs) that he would be ready. I think his is a six-month recovery.”

Howard suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers. The recovery time on such an injury is often double-digit months, so there was no expectation that Howard would return before next season.

But some believed Vea may have an outside shot, depending on the severity of his broken ankle suffered in Week 5, and any ligament damage that might have occurred. But a six-month recovery would put Vea’s availability closer to the beginning of April, far too late to make an impact again during the 2020 season.

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Spitfire
6 months ago

Howard would be great to have back but the loss of Vea is the one that we will feel the most. As long as everyone else stays relatively healthy we should be good to go.

seat26
6 months ago

Nothing about Safety Evans? Are they just going to slip him out the door without a word?

fredster
Reply to  seat26
6 months ago

I was going to ask the same. WTF is he ever going to play? What’s even wrong something with foot. You would think blew out both knees or something how long he’s been out. It’s been more than one injury though I guess?

eaustinyoung
6 months ago

Is Khalil Davis ever going to to a damn thing? Seems like a draft bust.

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  eaustinyoung
6 months ago

Don’t exactly know what you expect from a 6th round pick. The guy was a great athlete/project coming in.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
6 months ago

He has been injured every single week. About to hit week 11

drdneast
Reply to  eaustinyoung
6 months ago

He was a sixth or seventh round pick, at that stage he’s lucky he even made the team let alone be considered a draft bust. Do you know anything at all about the NFL.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

Late round draft picks are still draft picks. Undrafted FAs start games. Do you know anything about the NFL?

Last edited 6 months ago by eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

I suppose that’s why Justin Evans and Kendall Beckwith sat on IR forever and did nothing. Someone should alert all NFL teams that 6th and 7th round picks are expected to do nothing at all.

Naplesfan
6 months ago

Right now, the biggest injury status that affects the Bucs isn’t on the Bucs at all … it’s the condition of Drew Brees, who is now out at least one and quite likely several weeks with rib cartilage damage, to be determined by MRI today. Leaving the great Jameis Winston to throw touchdown passes to the other team. Meaning there is a pretty decent probability that the Bucs can gain a game or two on the Saints and still win the division, as long as our guys take care of business for the next six games.

plopes808
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Sucks for Brees but this definitely helps us out. It’s about damn time injuries help instead of hurt us.

Lawdy
6 months ago

injury was terrible. he was never comin back this year

bucballer
Reply to  Lawdy
6 months ago

It’s one thing when ur 30 and u break five ribs and puncture a lung it’s another thing when u r 41! Wish Brees well… but I hope the Saints stink up the joint for the next few weeks. They will be asking for Jameis’s head on a stick in 3-4 games!

Last edited 6 months ago by bucballer
scubog
6 months ago

I’m never sympathetic about an opponent’s injury situation. Nor do I insert an asterisk beside the L if a team’s misfortune costs them a game or two. Clearly the Bucs have missed big #50, but as Ronde says, “It is what it is.” It will be interesting to see how Jameis Winston works in an offensive system that doesn’t mesh with his strengths. Fortunately for him and Sean Payton, the Saints are powered by Alvin Kamara and a couple of role players. But will Winston be able to play anywhere near the consistency and “no risk it” play of #9?… Read more »

Horse
6 months ago

I had no thought of either one making it back this season. Both have years left in them to play. I suspect both will alter their bodies a bit? Jon, do you have any thoughts on this?