Josh Freeman has soft cast removed from broken thumb

Josh Freeman remains right on schedule to return in time for the season opener Sept. 12 against the Cleveland Browns.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the soft cast protecting his fractured right thumb removed on Monday, according to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. He was injured when his hand hit the top of a helmet in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs 10 days ago.

“Definitely, I'm making progress,” said Freeman, who is now wearing a splint to protect the thumb. “We've got it immobilized and it's definitely healing.”

The hope is that Freeman will return to the practice field next week so he can fully participate in preparations for the Browns.

“Everything's going the right way for him,” coach Raheem Morris said. “Everything's on schedule. I'm not supposed to say this, but Josh was out there gripping a ball the other day.”

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