When it comes to Week 12 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of the biggest storylines has been whether or not Vita Vea will be available to play against the Cleveland Browns.

It’s been quite the curious situation. Vea didn’t participate in the first two practices of the week, which is concerning in itself. It gets even more worrisome after adding in the fact the Buccaneers are coming off their bye week.

If the Buccaneers were coming off game week, it wouldn’t be as concerning. But the fact an extra week of rest wasn’t enough to allow Vea even a limited session on Wednesday or Thursday is worrisome.

Fortunately for the Buccaneers, Vea was able to get in a limited session on Friday. To make things even more interesting, Vea was hit with a questionable tag instead of a doubtful tag.

To get a good sense of why the questionable tag is so interesting, all one has to do is juxtapose Vea’s week with that of Leonard Fournette’s. Lenny practiced in limited fashion all week long, yet he received a doubtful tag on Friday. Yes, these are two different injuries and it’s two different players. But the point here is that practice designations throughout the week are helpful, but they really don’t follow any trends when it comes to Friday’s final designation.

Regardless, Vea’s questionable tag means he is officially a game-time decision. The same goes for Fournette, but there obviously isn’t as much optimism with his situation when compared to Vea’s.

“He’s [Vea] getting better and better,” head coach Todd Bowles told reporters Friday. “Hopefully with a few more days rest we’ll look for him on Sunday to work out and see what he can do.”

Vea’s presence would go a very long way toward helping the Buccaneers stop the Browns’ vaunted rushing attack, so it’s easy to see why this is one of the biggest storylines heading into the game.

Regarding other final injury report developments: The Buccaneers went ahead and ruled out wide receiver Russell Gage and rookie guard Luke Goedeke for Week 12.

Cornerback Greg Newsome is the only player ruled out for the Browns.

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