Another key piece to the Bucs defensive front underwent surgery this offseason. This time it was defensive lineman Vita Vea.

Vea had surgery on his hand a couple weeks ago after suffering an undisclosed hand injury, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. The procedure is considered minor and Vea won’t have any restrictions by the time the regular season comes around, but he is expected to miss time at the beginning of Bucs’ training camp on July 28th.

This news comes off the heels of Vea’s fellow teammate Jason Pierre-Paul having arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. Pierre-Paul will be ready for training camp.

Going into his third NFL season, Vea is no stranger to missing some time early on. He suffered a calf injury as a rookie which put him in a boot on the sidelines and held him out for all of training camp and the first three games of the season.

In Vea’s second year, a sprained LCL in early August kept him away for the rest of camp, but he did return for Week 1 of the regular season.

Vea, who has 63 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his career, is a rising star on the Bucs defensive line and is expected to have another big year this season.

It was important for the Bucs this offseason to re-sign Ndamukong Suh so both Suh and Vea could continue where they left off as the best run stopping duo in the league. If Vea and the rest of the defensive line can stay healthy, the Bucs’ defensive line will be difficult to stop on the field.

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Johnny Cannons

Seems this dude misses some time every preseason, but I’m not overly concerned. A third year veteran knows the drill with being in shape. If he’s not, then there’s a problem.

I do wonder with an injury every year if Vea’s NFL career will be a long one.

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Football is a violent game. Alot of players need some type of minor surgery.

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Get healthy big fella! One of my favorite Bucs..

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big v will be ready to go when its time.

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This guy is key to our success. Get well soon, and stay healthy. It’s going to be a great year.

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Less worrying than a lower body injury for a dude that size. Still, in my opinion the only thing between Vea and a retired jersey is his health. The guy has it all, hope he leaves the constant minor injuries behind

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Last edited 14 days ago by Pick6

I don’t see why that would restrict him from being with the team and working out as best he can without using his hand. He can go through the plays when there is no contact of any sorts.

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