Shoulder injury could sideline Josh Freeman Sunday

The gun range accident didn’t knock Josh Freeman out but it could be a shoulder injury will sideline him Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers.

Freeman was injured last week when he dropped the snap and failed to convert a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one. Josh Johnson handled the first-team reps in practice on Wednesday, and according to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, a decision could go up to game day for Freeman.

It was reported earlier this week that Freeman required five stitches in his right thumb after a mishap at a gun range in late October. Now, it’s his right, throwing shoulder that is causing him problems.

"If he can go out there and execute the game plan and give us the best chance to win, then he'll play," Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. "He's just got to go out there and practice.

"(Freeman's situation) is one of those that will go all the way up until Saturday, potentially even Sunday. He's one of those guys who's going to get all the mental reps, the mental capacity, all that type of thing. And if he can throw it, then he can throw it. And if he can't, then he can't."

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