Bucs' ailments keep mounting with adversity
Fate wouldn't permit the Bucs to exit FedEx Field pondering their litany of penalties, passing-game miscues and porous third-down defense. It had to add injury to the succession of insults.

Defensive tackle Vita Vea was carted off the field after sustaining an apparent knee injury on Washington tailback Antonio Gibson's game-sealing touchdown run with 29 seconds to play. Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Vea, who missed the last 11 regular-season games in 2020 with a fractured ankle, "felt something in his knee" but could offer no further specifics.

"Man, praying for the best for him," linebacker Devin White said. "The guy did a lot this offseason to get himself ready to go. ... You just hate to see him keep going down, a guy who does everything right, a guy who gives it his all every time he's out there, but it's the nature of the game as well."

Additionally, the Bucs' cornerback misfortune kept mounting when veteran Richard Sherman pulled his calf before the game and couldn't play. He was joined on the sideline in the third quarter by Dee Delaney, who suffered a concussion. "But that's no excuse," said Arians, whose team let Washington go 11-of-19 on third down. "Whoever's out there, you've got to get off the field."

Joey Knight, The Tampa Times, published 15 November 2021