This site’s love for Tevita Tuli’aki’ono Tuipulotu Mosese Va’hae Fehoko Faletau Vea is no secret. This writer in particular. The count has already been lost for how many articles and tweets have been written by yours truly about him, and truth be told, it’s starting to get a little weird. That said, there is no denying that Vea has been an absolute stud for the Bucs. There’s really no other way to put it.
The job of the nose tackle is to suck up blockers to allow the edge to create pressure. What makes Vea the best in the world at his position, is he’s able to cause havoc and create gridlock at the line of scrimmage all by himself.
He is an absolute beast and make supposing all offensive lineman look like Pop Warner Pee-wee’s. Unfortunately, it appears that the injury bug likes the taste of this titanic Tongan terror as of late.
Via suffered a fracture in his leg against the Chicago Bears last season, and was lost for the remainder of the regular season. The defense was never the same for the rest of the year, until they are made an absolutely inhuman return for the playoffs. The fact that the Buccaneers defense came to life and help guide the team to their second Super Bowl championship in franchise history was no coincidence. Simply put, the defense is better when he is on the field.
Naturally, they were shrieks of terror from fans from sea to shining sea during the Bucs game against Washington, for a variety of reasons, but perhaps the biggest was when Vea had to get carted off the field with an apparent leg injury for the second straight season.
The thought of losing him for another regular season, if not more, was too much to bear with what was going on with the rest of the team. Fortunately, the MRIs came back with encouraging news.
Vea was diagnosed with a bone bruise and a slight MCL sprain after the MRI. He is not expected to miss much time, no more than a few weeks, and while his absence will hurt the defense, a unit already in need of improvement, drastically, there is still a silver lining in this playbook.
In a season that I seem to be filled with the most unlucky turn of events for the Buccaneers, this news is certainly a turn for the lucky, and the team and fans alike are thanking their lucky stars that Vita Vea’s injury is not more serious than it initially seemed.