WATCH: Vita Vea Has A Hard Time Swapping Jerseys

Vea hurt his knee on the last play of the team's loss at Washington in Week 10 but was surprisingly close to playing eight days later against the Giants. Bruce Arians made the decision on the night of the game, in the end choosing not to put the fourth-year linemen on the field after he had received no practice snaps. Still, there's a good chance Vea will be able to return to the field on Sunday in Indianapolis and that's a boon for Tampa Bay's defense. Vea is the poster child for making a huge difference in a defense without having eye-popping stats to his own name. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the Buccaneers are clearly better with Vea on the field against both the run and the pass. Heading into Monday night's game, the Bucs had a 28.9% pressure rate and a 6.9% sack rate on opposing dropbacks when Vea was on the field, but those numbers drop to 18.8% and 4.2% when he's on the sideline. And when opponents run, since the start of 2020 the Bucs allow 3.1 yards per carry with Vea in the lineup and 4.1 without him. The nimble 347-pounder is tough for any blocker to handle but the Colts have one of the NFL's best centers in Ryan Kelly, the 18th-overall pick in the 2016 draft, has earned Pro Bowl invitations each of the past two years and, in tandem with guard Quenton Nelson, is one of the main reasons the Colts rank fourth in rushing yards per game (147.9), second in yards per carry (5.17) and seventh in sacks allowed per pass play (5.01%). Kelly ranked 69th on the NFL Network's list of the top 100 players of 2021 before the season after he committed just one penalty in more than 1,000 snaps last year. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed just 12 pressures on the quarterback all of last season.

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