TAMPA — The Bucs could face one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks without defensive tackle Vita Vea.
For the second straight day Thursday, Vea (foot) did not practice. In addition to being one of their best run stoppers, Vea leads the Bucs with a career-high 6.5 sacks.
The Browns, Sunday’s opponent, boast a top-six rushing attack in the NFL with Nick Chubb (923 yards, 5.3 average, 11 TDs) and Kareem Hunt (346 yards, three TDs), and are averaging 150.9 yards rushing per game.
If Vea is unable to play, the Bucs would have to lean on Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Logan Hall and Deadrin Senat to help plug the middle next to Akiem Hicks.
Receiver Russell Gage, who did not practice again, continued to work with trainers on an adjacent field to rehab a hamstring injury.
Running back Leonard Fournette and guard Luke Goedeke (foot) were limited in practice.
Both quarterback Tom Brady and receiver Julio Jones had a scheduled day of rest. Cornerback Zyon McCollum (concussion) and linebacker J.J. Russell (hamstring) had full participation.
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