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49ers-Buccaneers Injury Report Sept. 4: Lavonte David, Vita Vea Return to Practice

The Buccaneers had some good news on the injury front this week, with defensive staples Lavonte David and Vita Vea returning to practice.


There's no way around it – the Buccaneers, and the defense especially, got a little banged up in training camp. The grueling summer practices are meant to be tough and it's not out of the norm for teams to see multiple injuries. The biggest blows came when both veteran inside linebacker Lavonte David and defensive lineman Vita Vea both went down in a matter of days.

That was over a month ago and my, how time can (literally) heal all wounds.

The Bucs got good news this past week as both Vea and David practiced, albeit in a limited capacity, starting on their bonus day on Tuesday. With the first official injury report out, the pair were two of six players who practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and 10 players listed on the report, in general.

The Bucs also saw the return of rookie outside linebacker Anthony Nelson this past week. Nelson was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and will be looking to catch up after missing the preseason.

Another rookie that made his return from injury this week was safety Mike Edwards, who had missed the last couple weeks due to a hamstring injury. Edwards was limited in practice along with tight ends Cameron Brate and Antony Auclair.

The bad news comes as safety Justin Evans, who was able to practice a little bit this past week, and practiced during the portion open to media on Tuesday, was held out of practice on Wednesday. Evans joined quarterback Blaine Gabbert, nursing his shoulder injury suffered in the third preseason game and outside linebacker Demone Harris, who Head Coach Bruce Arians said was just out with a simple illness and should be back tomorrow, on the sidelines.

As for San Francisco, the biggest injury note is first-round pick Nick Bosa, who was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury.

See below for the full injury report:


TE Antony Auclair (calf) – Limited Participation

OLB Devante Bond (hamstring) – Limited Participation

TE Cameron Brate (calf) – Limited Participation

ILB Lavonte David (knee) – Limited Participation

S Mike Edwards (hamstring) – Limited Participation

S Justin Evans (achilles) – Did Not Participate

QB Blaine Gabbert (left shoulder) – Did Not Participate

OLB Demone Harris (illness) – Did Not Participate

OLB Anthony Nelson (knee) – Full Participation

NT Vita Vea (knee) – Limited Participation


DE Nick Bosa (ankle) – Limited Participation

DE Dee Ford (knee) – Full Participation

WR Jalen Hurd (back) – Did Not Participate

WR Dante Pettis (groin) – Limited Participation

CB Jason Verrett (ankle) – Limited Participation

C Weston Richburg (knee) – Limited Participation

T Joe Staley (not injury related) – Did Not Participate

WR Trent Taylor (foot) – Did Not Participate

CB K'Waun Williams (knee) – Limited Participation

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