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Freeman appears good to go Sunday; Talib likely out

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December

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman took his usual amount of snaps in practice Friday, throwing the ball well, and it appears he'll be ready to go Sunday against the Jaguars.

Freeman missed last game with a right shoulder injury, but has  had an encouraging back-to-back days of practice in which he resumed regular throwing.

"He's done a great job," coach Raheem Morris said. "Looked good."

However, CB Aqib Talib (hamstring) did not practice again and Morris said "more than likely, not looking good" for Sunday. If Talib can't go, former third-round pick CB Myron Lewis will be active.

Since S Larry Assante is going to be out, too, that opens up an opportunity for rookie S Ahmad Black, a former Gators star, to be active on Sunday in Jacksonville. It'll be his first NFL game.

"Ahmad was given a helmet not because anybody felt sorry for him or felt it was time - he's earned his way into this role," Morris said. "He did it the right way."

DT Albert Haynesworth, after missing two days of practice, returned to full participation Friday and should be good for Sunday.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2011 1:09pm]

    

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