Biggest concern for QB Freeman was taking snaps, but he's passed that test
The biggest concern for quarterback Josh Freeman with his fractured right thumb wasn't gripping the football or throwing it with velocity.
It was taking the snap from center Jeff Faine. So prior to the final preseason game at Houston, the Bucs asked Faine to test Freeman's pain tolerance.
"It was a little nervous for me,'' Faine said. "I looked at (trainer) Todd Toriscelli and said, 'Do you really want to do this right now?' He said, 'Yeah he wants it.' But he was fine.
"I think if Todd had been snapping to him and it's not quite the same thing, so I think it caught him a little off-guard. Because he asked for me to do it full speed and it caught him off guard. But the great thing about it was there was no pain. That's the biggest thing. He can throw the ball now and do his thing. He was throwing extremely well. I think it's the under center snap that was the concern. I think he took one and there was no pain. So we'll see.''
Freeman also threw the ball well during warmups in Houston and will begin practicing Tuesday in preparation for Sunday's regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns.