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Fresh off a return from injury, Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea suffered another ‘minor’ malady in the first half against Indianapolis. After Vea’s helmet was nearly knocked off by an uncalled illegal hands to the face, Colts guard Mark Glowinski dislodged one of his front teeth. Glowinski’s helmet erupted into Vea’s mouth, causing the tooth to go flying. The hulking defensive tackle exited briefly, bleeding from his grinning mouth.

After the game, head coach Bruce Arians didn’t seem concerned.

“I don’t care,” Arians said. “He’s got 30 other ones. Yeah, he can play without a tooth. That ain’t nothin’.”

Vea didn’t come out of the game for long. The Bucs star defensive tackle finished the game with one tackle. Vea was instrumental in the Bucs run defense, especially early in the game. The fourth-year defender was coming off a knee sprain and bone bruise that kept him off the field in Week 11.

Tampa Bay improved to 8-3 with the win over the Colts. The Bucs will return to action on Sunday against the Falcons at 1pm EST.

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1 month ago

Wow! That’s the NFL right?! Vea is a beast in there. Constantly doubled teamed and driving his blockers into the pocket. While he doesn’t show up much in the stats he does cause havoc in the middle of the line. Vea allows others man to man coverage.

1 month ago

Love this man like no other. Vea is one of those unsung great players that does things that won’t always show up on the stat sheet. He’s imperative to this teams success.

1 month ago

I hope Goodell doesn’t find out about Vea’s tooth. He’ll outlaw hitting above the waist.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
1 month ago

Arians aggravates me sometimes but this response is one of things I love about Coach. Losing a tooth “that ain’t nothing”! Rubs some Dirt on it (my take)

1 month ago

Love V2! A complete gentle maniac! Want him to finish his career with us!

1 month ago

Gee whiz. Firt you rip his helmet off then you head butt him Nice no call ref.

Ron Potter
Ron Potter(@finalsorbust)
1 month ago

Definitely did not expect that response from BA lol

1 month ago

Vita is a warrior

1 month ago

Should have been enough to get V.V. on the Most Impressive list.

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