Thumb injury, auto accident didn't deter Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman wasn’t just playing with the sore thumb that he injured in preseason and sidelined him a couple weeks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback played Sunday just 48 hours after he had his own Tom Brady moment. He was rear-ended on Friday in a car accident that shook him up, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

According to team officials, Freeman’s vehicle was hit from behind while he was stopped at a traffic signal on Friday afternoon. He was shaken by not injured. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium.

It was the kind of win with young players – rookie wide receiver Mike Williams caught a touchdown – that the franchise needs as it attempts to rebuild on the fly with season-ticket sales flagging.

“It was just a real gutsy performance by Josh Freeman," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "It was a clean break (of the thumb) but it was a break nonetheless and he wasn't healthy, but he came out and played with pain.

"And then on top of it, I get a call saying he was involved in something on Friday afternoon, an accident, and so I just think it was a real gutsy performance by him."

Per Olson, Freeman’s thumb “flared up” in practice last Tuesday and consequently he didn’t take any more snaps until Sunday. He performed well and the thumb will continue to heal. Confidence is such a big part of the development process and early-season wins can do a lot for a player.

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