Sign Freeman is out? Bucs promote third QB Carpenter from practice squad to back up Johnson
Less than 24 hours before kickoff, the Bucs are making moves that would seem to indicate Josh Freeman won't play against the Panthers.
Tampa Bay signed third-string quarterback Rudy Carpenter from its practice squad Saturday, presumably to back up Josh Johnson.
Freeman was limited in practice all week with a sore right shoulder and threw only soft passes during the pat-and-go period Thursday. He is listed as questionable, but the Bucs have said his status will be determined in pre-game warm-ups.
Johnson, who went 0-4 as a starter in 2009, has taken first-team reps all week. If Freeman is unable to play, it would end a steak of 35 consecutive starts.
Freeman was injured on the final offensive play of the Bucs 23-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday when he dropped the snap on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak.
To make room for Carpenter, the Bucs waived linebacker Zac Diles. Carpenter spent the first 13 weeks of 2011 on the Bucs' practice squad.