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Thumb was one thing, but Bucs QB Freeman also had minor car accident Friday



Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman may not be confused with Tom Brady, but both were involved in car accidents prior to Sunday's game.

While Brady's crash made national news, Freeman's vehicle apparently was rear-ended on Friday.

"It was a real gutsy performance in my opinion by Josh Freeman,'' offensive coordinator Greg Olson said.

"Everybody's body reacts differently. It was a clean break, but it was a break and it wasn't healthy. He came out and played with pain. On top of it, he, too -- I think everybody made a big deal about Tom Brady being involved in an accident -- I got a call from (trainer) Todd (Toriscelli) saying (Freeman) was rear-ended on Friday. So he, too, was involved in something on a Friday afternoon. So the guy played on top of a broken thumb after being involved in an accident.''

Freeman completed 17-of-28 passes for 182 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

"Certainly, there were some throws there I think he would say he wished he had back,'' Olson said. "He left some hidden yardage on the field. But the fact that he did go in and play on very limited practice, he didn't really take a snap until Sunday morning. We gave him some snaps early in the week and it caused (the thumb) to flare up a little bit. So we waited until Sunday and I thought he played well under the circumstances.''

Olson said he was obviously nervous after hearing about Freeman's accident Friday.

"Oh, believe me. Big time. Big time,'' Olson said. "Again, I think it's a credit to him and his will to want to play and his toughness.''




[Last modified: Monday, September 13, 2010 1:41pm]


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