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Looks like Vita Vea is out for the Bucs first preseason opener!

Buccaneers 2018 first-rounder, Vita Vea will reportedly be undergoing an MRI for a training camp knee injury that occurred on Tuesday, according to CBS Sports.

Defensive tackle Vea went down hard during Tuesday’s practice and struggled to get up. He was able to get up and walk under his own power. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding the injury.

Head Coach Bruce Arians followed up after practice saying he didn’t have anything as yet on his young defensive tackle, other than he seemed ok walking off the field.

However, today’s latest update leaves all Buccaneer fans unsettled about more than just “preseason”.

It’s unclear why they will wait until Friday to perform the MRI, unless it is related to a swelling issue. What IS clear is that Vea will not be able to play in Friday’s preseason opener.

Vea is a 6’4″ and 347 pound nose tackle, and is figured to be a centerpiece of the Bucs’ retooled defense. Without him, it could cause a huge problem in Bruce Arians’ newly designed defense.

All we can do is pray for good news on Friday. Think positive and GO BUCS!

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