Vita Vea — Tom Brady’s teammate and arguably the Bucs’ best defensive player — needed both an ice bath AND a trip to the dentist after Tampa’s game Sunday … ’cause he lost a tooth in the middle of a play!!!
The gnarly scene all went down in the second quarter of the Buccaneers’ contest with the Indianapolis Colts — when Vea’s helmet got dislodged while rushing the quarterback.
You can see in footage of the play, as Vea was putting pressure on the passer — a Colts O-lineman stuck his helmet right into the big nose guard’s mouth … causing a tooth to pop out!
Cameras caught the little piece of Vea flying out of the 6-foot-4, 346-pounder’s face — and, yeah, it was gnarly.
Vea, though, took the shot like a champ — and, in fact, when he got to the sideline, he was all smiles … drinking water and laughing with teammates!!
After the game — one in which Vea and the Bucs held on to beat Indy, 37-31 — his head coach had no sympathy for his player … with Bruce Arians telling reporters, “I don’t care. He’s got 30 other ones.”
Harsh — but something tells us based on the photo Vea took in the locker room after the game that he’d probably agree.