Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Bucs promote QB Carpenter from practice squad, raising doubt to Freeman's status

TAMPA — If quarterback Josh Freeman is unable to play today against Carolina because of a sore right shoulder, the Bucs will be prepared.

Tampa Bay signed third-string quarterback Rudy Carpenter from its practice squad Saturday in case he needs to serve as the backup to possible starter Josh Johnson.

Freeman was limited in practice all week and threw only soft passes Thursday. He is listed as questionable, but the Bucs have said his status will be determined in pregame warmups.

Johnson, who went 0-4 as a starter in 2009, has taken first-team reps. If Freeman can't play, it would end a steak of 35 starts.

Freeman was injured on the final offensive play of a 23-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday when he dropped the snap on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak.

Carpenter, a former Arizona State star, spent 2010 as the Bucs' No. 3 quarterback but was released after training camp and re-signed to the practice squad.

To make room, the team waived linebacker Zac Diles.

SUH UNHURT IN CRASH: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh crashed his car into a tree in downtown Portland but was not injured, police in Oregon said. They said Suh was not impaired.

QB QUESTION: The Rams activated quarterback Tom Brandstater from the practice squad, possibly a sign that Sam Bradford won't play today. A.J. Feeley would start in place of Bradford, who has a high left ankle sprain.

NEW STADIUM: The 49ers and City of Santa Clara secured funding for a stadium. Goldman Sachs, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and U.S. Bank agreed to an $850 million loan.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Tampa Bay Bucs promote QB Carpenter from practice squad, raising doubt to Freeman's status 12/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 3, 2011 10:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. State baseball: Bishop McLaughlin bows out of Class 3A semifinals


    FORT MYERS — One inning into Bishop McLaughlin's Class 3A state semifinal against Fort Myers Canterbury, things could not have gone much better for the Hurricanes. They grabbed a quick one-run lead and Canterbury ace Sam Keating was forced out of the game with a nagging neck injury.

     Chris Berglund (18) of Bishop McLaughlin, at bat during second inning of the FHSAA class 3A semi-final on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Canterbury, Fort Myers, defeated Bishop 7 to 4. Canterbury will play in the 3A championship tomorrow.
  2. Bucs WR DeSean Jackson knows only one direction: full speed ahead


    TAMPA — DeSean Jackson is the "1."

    Actually, Jackson, the Bucs' latest weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, with his blazing speed and game-changing splash plays, wears No. 11 in games.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  3. Video preview: Rays open tough road trip facing Twins tonight


    After splitting a four-game series against the Angels to wrap up a winning homestand, the Rays tonight open a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip with the first game of the weekend series with the Twins:

  4. For starters: Rays, Archer take on surprising Twins to open road trip


    UPDATE, 5:45: And here is the Twins lineup:
    Dozier 2b
    Mauer 1b
    Sano 3b
    Kepler rf
    Vargas dh
    Polanco ss
    Rosario lf
    Buxton cf
    Castro c
    Santiago p

  5. Hard to believe NFL overtime change is about player safety


    If someone's house was engulfed in flames, would you hand him a fire extinguisher?

    Of course not.

    Fans await the beginning of overtime between the Patriots and Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February. [Associated Press]