Report: Josh Freeman injured thumb at shooting range

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has been playing with an injured thumb because of a mistake with a gun at a shooting range.

Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune reported that Freeman required five stitches in his right thumb after the mishap Oct. 31.

The Bucs confirmed the injury to Tampa Tribune. Previously, the team had said Freeman sprained his thumb late in its loss to the Chicago Bears in London on Oct. 23. A team spokesman said Freeman wore a wrap on his right hand during the flight home from the U.K.

Now, the Bucs say Freeman also suffered “a small cut on the outside of his right thumb due to an unexpected recoil” while firing a gun. Freeman had stitches put in at the team facility and they were removed a week later.

Freeman has not missed game or practice time but he has struggled at points this season as the Bucs are 4-7. Kaufman reports Freeman did not violate his contract by firing the gun at the shooting range.

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