After suffering a broken ankle against the Chicago Bears in Week 5, the Bucs designated defensive tackle Vita Vea for a return from the injured reserve on Monday, allowing the third-year lineman to return to practice.

“He walked real good because that’s all we did today, we had a walkthrough,” Arians said on Wednesday. “That was a really physical game last week and it’s that time of the year where we don’t need to be beating on each other.”

Arians added that Vea has been working out and conditioning over previous weeks, working up to his return to practice and opening up the possibility for him to play against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship on Sunday.

“We’ll see him move around more tomorrow,” Arians said. “I’ve watched him run for the last few weeks to get in shape and he looks good.”

Arians was asked about the possibility of Vea returning late in the postseason about a month ago, but ruled it out due to the severity of his ankle injury. But Arians said just after that inquiry things turned around for Vea.

“It was about three weeks ago,” Arians said. “We saw him running in the pool and then on the Ultra G and it was like, ‘Man, he’s getting close.’ Once I finally saw him outside running … and he wanted to play. That was the big part – he wanted to come back. I said, ‘Hey, we’ll keep winning and you keep working and it will work out.’ And it has.”

Vea’s status will likely become more clear throughout the week and Pewter Report will provide updates as Tampa Bay’s first injury report of the week is released and the Bucs’ week of practice in preparation for Sunday’s game progresses.

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cgmaster27
6 months ago

wow This would be an amazing get. Even if he can play half of the snaps that he usually plays, it would be a huge boost up the middle. Not having him in there has affected Shaq’s production, no doubt. That push up the middle is what gets those defensive ends those sacks.

drdneast
Reply to  cgmaster27
6 months ago

Not having him there has affected the whole defense and may have been what caused Bowles to run more zone defense.

Spitfire
Reply to  cgmaster27
6 months ago

Even if he’s healthy enough to run 1/3 of the plays it would be helpful.

chefboho
6 months ago

Going to be a very interesting next couple of days waiting on this news. Hes a complete difference maker inside and you know damn well Rodgers is hoping this guy wont play.

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6 months ago

Mālō tau ma‘u e ho‘ata ni
Fuoloa ‘e fepulingaki
Monū’ia

76bucsfan46
Reply to  ^^mtn^^
6 months ago

Say what lol

ScottC543
Reply to  ^^mtn^^
6 months ago

Laa ese mai le bong.

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Reply to  ScottC543
6 months ago

Laa ese mai le bong.”?
Hey Esé, I ain’t been smokin’ nada man!
You must be havin’ one of your Nam trips bro. ;-)

PewDerPie
Reply to  ^^mtn^^
6 months ago
I used google translate and got this....Please let me know
It's too loose
Congratulations

If you meant Vita’s real name. Per Wiki it is Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea…which is just as easy to pronounce. :-) I love to hear that full name vocally. I bet it’s cool.
Imagine being a kid in school attempting to fill out scan-trons with this name. bwhahahahaha.

creamsicles
Reply to  PewDerPie
6 months ago

I lived in Tonga for 2 years when I was in the Peace Corps 20 years ago. Sadly, I’ve forgotten most of the language I knew, but it’s easy to read, once you get the hang of it. The key to pronouncing the language is pronounce each vowel separately… you don’t blend them. Generally: “i” is pronounced like a hard “E” in English. “u” sounds like “oo” in English. “a” is a soft a, like “ah” “e” is a soft e, like “eh” “o” is a hard O, like “oh” Tuipulotu would sound like: Too E pull O too… just… Read more »

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Reply to  PewDerPie
6 months ago

It means “Hey bra, haven’t seen you in awhile, hope everything goes well for you man.”

Buc76
6 months ago

All I hear is Rogers this and Rogers that and the Bucs in the cold. Let them keep talking. From what I can tell Rogers hasn’t been past this point in 10 years. Brady has won 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 conference championship games.. Who would you rather have. Vita Vea if effective will help tremendously. Go by the stadium and look at it. It’s getting dressed up for the Superbowl. We practice next door. Our guys can see it and taste it. I don’t think they are going to let this get away from them,.

drdneast
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

Interesting point on the SB.

gcolerick
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

That’s a good point 76. Definitely positive motivation to keep this run going.

ScottC543
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

The most interesting QB in the world, Tom Brady: I may not play in the AFC Championship game every year, but when I don’t, I play in the NFC Championship game.

scubog
Reply to  ScottC543
6 months ago

That’s funny Scott.

Spitfire
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

I mean it would be history. It’s something that’s never happened and it’s a first that will never happen again and can only be matched. I mean to be this close, it’s not like you can just will something to happen, but this is a team that we beat this season. Yes they have improved but so have we. If this game is at all winnable for us, I hope our guys put it all on the line to make it happen and get to go down in history. What a great Super Bowl stat to own. Only thing to… Read more »

SenileSenior
Reply to  Spitfire
6 months ago

Amen! Amen! 🏈 🤩

bucballer
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

Of course this is awesome and unique! To be able to see what ur aiming for in the next game. Team will be ready. They will follow the lead of Tom Brady! He knows how to get there. This Bucs team is a team of destiny! The GOAT comes to Tamp and transforms an entire organization into believing! I believe! Go Bucs! Go Brady!

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Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

Right on bro, nice hat!
I really miss ol’ McKay.
3 of my favorite quips:
“Can’t stop a pass, or a run…otherwise we’re in great shape”
“Capece is kaput”
&
what do you think of the Bucs execution? “I’m all for it”

Madman
6 months ago

Hard to miss out on a chance to play in the NFC Championship with Tom Brady.

drdneast
6 months ago

If we can get 30 to 35 snaps out of him it will be a big plus. He’s big powerful fresh and well rested with no nicks or bruises and this late in the season that is a major plus.

Spitfire
6 months ago

I mean I’m guessing he didn’t just get the boot off or anything. He’s been conditioning and if he’s coming back to proactive he should be close of anything. I wouldn’t wanna lose him for longer but if he’s ready it would be super helpful to have him even just in rotation.

bucballer
6 months ago

It’s unimportant how much Vea plays if he is physically able to play. It’s important THAT he plays! He deserves to experience the excitement of playing in an NFC Championship Game. That feeling will motivate the boys to continue to work hard and attempt to get back to this game next year. I’m so excited for our team and our fans and the city of Tampa! City of Champions!

surferdudes
6 months ago

It’s been close to 12 weeks since he was injured. Having had multiple surgeries myself, that’s usually all the healing time you need. Conditioning is another story, but these players have the best if the best people working on them. I was back surfing 12 weeks after having labrum and rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder. And I was 60 at the time so I’m sure via is good to go.

cobraboy
Reply to  surferdudes
6 months ago

15 weeks, actually. The bone should be fine.

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Reply to  cobraboy
6 months ago

Do cobras even have bones? :-)

fredster
6 months ago

My guess is limited snaps if any Sunday. Better chance for super bowl should we make it. Go Bucs! Packers going down!

cobraboy
6 months ago

I think Arians meant he saw Vea on the AlterG, not UltraG, a modern treadmill that reduces body weight and allows full running, adding weight over time.

SenileSenior
Reply to  cobraboy
6 months ago

You are correct. Thanks much.
There is something called Ultra-G. It has nothing to do with sports medicine or therapy. (It relates to music and sound output for electric guitars.)

drdneast
6 months ago

F the Packers. And F Vince Lombardi and Jim Taylor too. F Brett Farve.

SenileSenior
6 months ago

For the past year and a half I have paid attention to why Bruce Arians chose to assemble such a large coaching and support staff. I have looked more closely into what the Strenght & Conditioning staff does than ever before. I have tried to understand what contemporary sports science is all about and how it is used in professional football. What I have noted is how quickly guys are are able to return to play after some types of injuries that would have much taken longer to recover from in the past. I have noted how many guys are… Read more »

Captain Sly
Reply to  SenileSenior
6 months ago

Give credit to the trainers yes, but more credit goes to the individual players..
JPP breaks neck in spring – retuns in fall
J Evans has foot surgery & never recovers
Cappa breaks an arm & gets a Tape Job
Jack Cinchy breaks – well never mind!
Go Bucs

Buc-in-Philly Fan
6 months ago

Don’t do it! It is too early and too big of a risk. We will need him next year even more than now.

Bad move IMO.
Go Bucs!

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Reply to  Buc-in-Philly Fan
6 months ago

I used to think that way, but more and more, it seems they have a better handle these days on when to bring them back. When they do, they know how to ease them back in. They’ll make the right decision for both short and long term.