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Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman suffered minor thumb injury vs. Bears



Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman hasn't missed practice or shown any signs of being the slightest bit injured, but during an on-camera interview freeman.jpgwith NFL Network on Wednesday, Freeman appears to be wearing a brace on his right (throwing) thumb.

It turns out that Freeman suffered what a Bucs spokesman this morning described as a very minor thumb injury in the Bucs' last game, against the Bears on Oct. 23. Freeman never left the game and did not appear to display any signs of being hurt. But the injury clearly is still being addressed based on the presence of the brace a week and a half later.

The Bucs have not listed Freeman on any injury report, but that is in compliance with the league's injury guidelines because he has not missed nor been limited during any practices.

Freeman threw the ball well in the portions of practice open to the media this week, displaying no signs of being affected by the injury. But the obvious question is whether the thumb affected Freeman during the Bears game, during which he threw four interceptions.

For now, however, a Bucs official contacted this morning was adamant that Freeman the brace and/or athletic tape he's been using does not restrict his throwing at all. Freeman is expected to continue to take all the first-team snaps in practice for the remainder of the week.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 3, 2011 10:00am]


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