Vita Vea and Richard Sherman are both out with injuries, according to Bruce Arians.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received some good news less than a day after an aberration of a loss to Washington.
Vita Vea, a Buccaneers defensive tackle who left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, isn’t as bad as first thought.
Vea’s MRI revealed a bone bruise and “possibly a slight” MCL sprain, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Greg Auman of The Athletic and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network were the first to report on Vea’s MRI.
In a press conference on Monday, Arians said of Vea, “That’s really good news.”
“I’m not sure if he’ll be available this week, but he’s a tough guy.”
He’s had that problem before and knows how to handle it.”
It will also depend on when the 346-pound lineman “can bear weight” on his knee, according to Arians.
Vea is unlikely to be placed on injured reserve, according to Auman.
Vea’s injury “could have been much worse,” Rapoport wrote.
Devin White, a Bucs linebacker, couldn’t have hurt himself by praying.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, White told the media on Sunday that he’s “praying for Vita Vea.”
Vea suffered an ankle injury in Week 5 of last season and missed the rest of the regular season, but returned in the playoffs.
In the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, he only got a few minutes to play.
Before leaving the Washington game in the fourth quarter on a cart, Vea had 18 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery on the season.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said in his postgame press conference on Sunday that he “felt something in his knee.”
Richard Sherman is still stuck in the limbo zone.
Richard Sherman, the Buccaneers’ cornerback, appeared to be ready to play until a calf injury surfaced during warmups.
Instead, he sat out the game as Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke, an undrafted rookie out of Old Dominion in 2015, threw for 256 yards and a touchdown.
Sherman was replaced by cornerback Dee Delaney.
“Sherm had a calf strain prior to the game,” Arians said on Monday.
“I seriously doubt he’ll return in the near future.”
“Thursday and Friday, he was fine,” Arians added.
“I thought he was going to have a great time.”
I’m not sure how long it’ll be because he just strained his calf before the game.”
Sherman hasn’t had an MRI, so Arians couldn’t say whether he’ll be placed on injured reserve.
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