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Josh Freeman injured thumb at shooting range

Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:09 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson



The Buccaneers continued their slide backwards from 2010's 10-win effort during Sunday's 24-18 loss to Tennessee. Josh Freeman looks like a quarterback regressing from his outstanding performance last year, but now it appears he's got an excuse for his recent poor play: Freeman injured his thumb at a shooting range on Halloween.

That's according to Bucs spokesman Jonathan Grella, who confirmed to the Tampa Tribune that Freeman aggravated a thumb injury he suffered against the Bears in London while at a shooting range on Halloween.

According to the Bucs, Freeman received five "cosmetic" stitches following a "gun mishap" on October 31, an incident that occurred just eight days after Tampa Bay's loss to the Bears.

Freeman's been pretty bad this year, but I'm not sure it's fair to simply attach his lack of success to the thumb injury. His completion percentage has actually gone up in the Bears game and going forward, although he's thrown 10 interceptions since Week 7, and only six before.

Additionally, Freeman's had some pretty putrid games, including a Week 9 matchup against Houston where he completed just 45.5 percent of his passes and threw three picks. But that game's sandwiched against nice efforts against New Orleans and Green Bay, so it's fairly difficult to simply point towards his injury.

But that inconsistency could certainly be a result of an injury -- CBS Sports Rich Gannon opined as much prior to that Houston game.

"I don't think he's healthy right now," Gannon told the Tribune then. "That's my personal opinion. I watched Freeman practice Friday and I don't think he's 100 percent. I don't see Josh Freeman driving the ball. Quarterbacks are very funny about having any tape on their throwing hand. I could tell in practice that it's bothering him."

As you'll recall, Sean Payton turned the Bucs into the league for a misleading injury report after the Bucs quarterback showed up on NFL Network with a splint on his hand.

So maybe he isn't healthy. That would make a lot more sense than Freeman's wild inconsistency this season. Or getting all up in arms about him getting hurt at a shooting range.

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Comments

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:51 am
 

Josh Freeman injured thumb at shooting range

Twisted - he didn't go to a shooting range in the UK while he was over there.  This injury must have happened in the US.  



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:17 am
 

Cutler is a pansy - example #15

Ben Roethlisberger is playing with a broken thumb
Josh Freeman is playing after shooting his thumb
Matthew "glass" Stafford is playing with a broken finger


And Jay Cutler is on the shelf with a broken thumb????   What a pussy



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:17 am
 

Josh Freeman injured thumb at shooting range

Or is it "slide bite" that tore up the webbing between the thumb and index finger?
Thats what I was thinkin, but dont the bloddy english only shoot shotgun over there???  I mean do they even allow pistols in GB?  Maybe snapped it shut on an over/under or somethin?  Either way.... to the guy who said this was immature.... who ever hurts themself at a gun range??  You have a better chance of falling off a rollercoaster. 



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:31 am
 

Josh Freeman injured thumb at shooting range

Man if I were an NFL QB with his potential, I would wait until after the season to go to the shooting range.  I'm sure he will learn from this mistake


For real!!! If i were a QB with his potential, i would make sure i go stright into my bubble right after every game until the next game day comes up.



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:19 am
 

Josh Freeman injured thumb at shooting range

Man if I were an NFL QB with his potential, I would wait until after the season to go to the shooting range.  I'm sure he will learn from this mistake.  Incredibly inmature decision on his part.  I hope he hasn't settled and let his guard down.  He can be gone quick for using bad judgement and playing poorly.  Get it together Josh. 



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:39 am
 

Josh Freeman injured thumb at shooting range

Gun mishap?? Dumbass!!




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:46 pm
 

Josh Freeman injured thumb at shooting range

Did he shoot himself in, or near the thumb area?  Or is it "slide bite" that tore up the webbing between the thumb and index finger?  Either way, an incredibly stupid injury...!


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