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Buccaneers' Vita Vea Loses a Tooth vs. Colts After Taking Helmet to the Mouth

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVNovember 28, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) looks on between plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)
AP Photo/Terrance Williams

Dealing with Jonathan Taylor is difficult enough for defenders who have all their teeth.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Vita Vea lost a tooth during Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts when he took a helmet to his mouth.

At least he was smiling about it:

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Vita Vea just lost a tooth and is laughing it off 😳 <a href="https://t.co/ajSSiPHICS">pic.twitter.com/ajSSiPHICS</a>

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Vita Vea, football guy <a href="https://t.co/gMX7TbGNlm">pic.twitter.com/gMX7TbGNlm</a>

Vea played just five games last year but has remained largely healthy this season for the defending champions. He stayed in Sunday's contest against the Colts as Tampa Bay improved to 9-3 on the season with a second straight win.

He will surely remember this game for dental-related reasons regardless of the outcome.