Bucs at Tropicana Field; Freeman returns to practice
Update 1:02 p.m. Coach Raheem Morris said practicing at Tropicana Field was a late "audible" made by him Wednesday evening. He said he watched film of their practice, and thought it might be a good idea, with the extra day of practice, to "beat the heat" and work indoors. Morris said Bucs officials contacted the Rays, and were appreciative that they allowed them to use their facility.
*Morris said Freeman went through everything at practice today, full participation, "full bore" and looked good. Freeman is expected to start Sunday.
Developing: The Bucs are going through a rare workout at Tropicana Field, and, as expected, QB Josh Freeman has returned to what appears to be full participation in practice.
Freeman, who was limited Wednesday as the Bucs planned to rest his fractured right thumb, was going through the team's walk through portion of the practice, throwing with no problems and wearing no bandage.
The Bucs were wearing helmets but no pads, and coach Raheem Morris said they were going full speed, "full bore." Morris said it was a late "audible" he made last night after watching film of practice. He thought, with the extra day, they'd "beat the heat," and practice inside. Bucs officials contacted people with the Rays and the Trop, and Morris said he appreciated them allowing them to use their facility.
The team was practicing in leftfield, with just cones used as the field outlines, as the Trop was seemingly the way Carl Crawford left it.
- JOE SMITH