Oct 8, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Vita Vea (50) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the third quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

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Bucs put Vea (broken leg) on injured reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put defensive tackle Vita Vea and special teams player Jack Cichy on injured reserve Tuesday.

Vea is done for the season after breaking his leg against the Chicago Bears last week. Cichy (hamstring) will be eligible to return after missing three games.

The Buccaneers promoted rookie linebacker Chapelle Russell and veteran cornerback Ross Cockrell from the practice squad to take their spots on the 53-man roster.

Vea sustained the injury with 1:50 left in Thursday night’s 20-19 loss to the Bears. He was tackling running back David Montgomery when his right ankle got crushed to the turf under the weight of Bucs linebacker Devin White. Vea was carted off the field.

The 12th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Vea has registered 73 tackles, 19 quarterback hits and 7.5 sacks in 34 career games.

In addition, rookie cornerback Parnell Motley was waived from the active roster and rookie center Zach Shackelford was released from the practice squad.

Tampa Bay filled four of its five practice squad openings on Tuesday by re-signing wide receiver Travis Jonsen, tight end Codey McElroy and running back Aca’Cedric Ware and bringing in linebacker Tegray Scales.

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