According to Scott Smith of the Tampa Bay Bay Buccaneers, the team has a few walking wounded; who are awaiting tests to determine the severity of their injuries.
Jamel Dean suffered an injury to his big toe during Sunday’s slaughtering by the San Francisco 49ers, causing him to miss more than half of the game. However, it is understood to be not too bad. If he can play, he will certainly have to deal with some pain, which could cause him to miss a step or two. Again, it’s not believed to be serious, so he may not miss any time, which is good news for the team as they prepare to take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James this Sunday, December 18th, at 4:25 PM.
Vita Vea joined the ever-growing list when he sustained a calf injury in Sunday’s brutal beating by the 49ers, causing him to miss the majority of the game, and creating a literal and metaphorical gaping hole in the defensive line.
The severity of this injury isn’t known at the moment, but if we know Vea, he is likely to push through the pain and play this Sunday against the Bengals.
Vita Vea is a huge part of the defensive unit, and the Bucs will certainly need the big fella bottling up the middle of the line, helping to slow the Bengals, who come into this matchup with a stout running game that features Joe Mixon and Samjae Perine — both who are capable of 100-yard games. Todd Bowles and the defense will need to shut the run down immediately.
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka suffered a hip injury causing him to leave the game early last Sunday, but the hope is it is not so bad that he can return to action.
The pass-rushing ability of Tryon-Shoyinka will be in serious need to disrupt Joe Burrow and not allow him time to find WR Ja’Marr Chase in any capacity.
As the team awaits the results from multiple tests, the Buccaneers will lick their wounds and then get right back to work. The team has been wobbling off course for most of the season due to injuries and other factors, and although they lead a weak NFC South Division, they cannot allow these injuries to steer them any further off course. Squeaking into a wildcard game playing the way this team is, is not going to fly in the postseason against teams who are clicking and hungry for a championship.