Josh Freeman admits thumb injury has hindered him

Josh Freeman isn’t looking for excuses but the fact is he hasn’t thrown the ball consistently well since suffering a thumb injury in a loss to the Chicago Bears Oct. 23 in London.

The bye week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had coming out of the game didn’t give him quite enough time to heal up, and he told Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times that the sprained thumb has bothered him “maybe a little bit.”

The Bucs, of course, didn’t list Freeman on their injury report before losing to the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago. The Saints blew the whistle and Freeman has been on the list since. Freeman threw four interceptions against the Bears and then took some hits on the thumb in the loss to the Saints. New Orleans didn’t pick him off, but Freeman threw three more picks in the 37-9 loss to the Houston Texans.

“Being out there, you can't really make excuses for anything,” Freeman said. “If you're going to be out there playing, you've got to go out and prepare to play well.

"The Bears game, I kind of strained it. Then, right out of the gate in the Saints game, it gets hit again. Then it gets hit again and again.

"I'm feeling really good about it because this past week, Houston, I didn't get it hit at all. I mean, it feels good. Maybe the Saints were going for it, maybe not. I don't know."

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