TAMPA — Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount on Wednesday denied an allegation that he directed an assault on a man after the Sept. 11 season opener, saying he "didn't do anything wrong."
Blount was accused in a police report by Gary Holmer, 34, of "directing" two men to attack him after a traffic accident. Blount was not accused of direct violence, and he was not charged. The case has been closed.
The report said Tampa police did not pursue possible charges of "burglary for the purpose of committing battery, felony battery and felony criminal mischief'' at Holmer's request.
"I didn't orchestrate anything," Blount said. "I didn't make any suggestion for anything to happen. That's just the whole situation."
The police report said Holmer was assaulted in a parking garage at a Tampa apartment complex after his Toyota pickup hit a mirror on a Ford Expedition that three men, including Blount, were standing by. Holmer said the Expedition cut him off and he was punched several times by two men, with Blount coaching them.
Blount would not disclose the identity of the men with him and deferred to his attorney when it came to discussing specifics of the case. He denied any wrongdoing.
"In my mind, I didn't do anything wrong at all," Blount said. "I cooperated with the cops when they came. I waited for two hours, 2 1/2 hours for the cops to come. I cooperated with them then, and I had nothing do with the whole altercation."
Blount said the situation hasn't been, and will not be, a distraction. Coach Raheem Morris said the organization did its due diligence with the police and Blount, and it "came out clean," with the running back doing nothing wrong.
FREEMAN IFFY: Though QB Josh Freeman said his injured right shoulder feels better and he did light throwing during practice, it was uncertain whether he would play Sunday against the Jaguars.
"It's continually gotten better," Freeman said. "It started out extremely painful. But my movement has greatly increased. I've thrown the ball a few times. It's just day to day gotten better. If we can continue on this pace — I really hope we can — I'll play this Sunday."
With backup Josh Johnson dislocating his left shoulder against the Panthers on Sunday (he missed one snap), the Bucs made some contingency plans Wednesday in signing QB Brett Ratcliff to the practice squad. The addition could indicate there's a chance Freeman won't play.
Freeman gave more detail about how he sustained the injury two weeks ago at Tennessee and explained his understanding of its extent.
"I just fell awkwardly on (the shoulder)," he said. "I landed kind of right on my elbow, and (the arm) kind of jolted back into the (shoulder) socket, I guess. It's just bruised all around. I don't think there's anything too serious on the MRI (exam). It's really just taking it day to day."
MEDICAL MATTERS: CB Aqib Talib had more tests on his injured hamstring and was not at practice. His status is questionable for Sunday. Talib aggravated the hamstring in the first series against the Panthers and did not return. … DE Michael Bennett (groin), who has missed the past two games, returned to practice and is expected to play. Da'Quan Bowers, however, will continue to start at left end ahead of Bennett, Morris said.