When Buccaneers first-round pick Vita Vea got hurt in late July C. J. Prosise Jersey
, head coach Dirk Koetter said the injury wasn’t as bad as the team initially thought.
It still cost the defensive tackle the entire preseason, however, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to make it back for the first game of the regular season. Koetter updated Vea’s status on Monday and said any improvement to the calf has not been enough for Vea to resume football work.
“He’s working a lot behind the scenes…he is making progress but he’s just not ready to play on the field Shilique Calhoun Jersey
, yet,” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
The Buccaneers placed Mitch Unrein on injured reserve Monday Jermon Bushrod Jersey
, which leaves them with eight healthy defensive linemen on the 53-man roster heading into Sunday’s game against the Saints.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without center Evgeni Malkin and forward Carl Hagelin when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions open their Eastern Conference semifinal series Thursday night in Washington.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Wednesday that Malkin and Hagelin will be scratched from the lineup because of injuries.
Malkin, who led the Penguins in goals (46) and points (98) during the regular season, missed Game 6 of Pittsburgh’s opening-round win over Philadelphia with a lower-body injury. The Russian star was injured when he got tangled with Flyers forward Jori Lehtera in Game 5. Sullivan says Malkin will travel with the team Jimmy Smith Jersey
, which leaves open the possibility he could be available for Game 2.
Hagelin, who scored twice in the first round, is dealing with an upper-body injury after colliding with Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux in Game 6. He won’t travel with the team.
Riley Sheahan filled in for Malkin on Pittsburgh’s second line in Game 6. Dominik Simon took Hagelin’s spot on a line with Sheahan and Phil Kessel in practice on Wednesday.
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