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Josh Freeman had minor setback Friday

Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:32 am
FreemanBy Josh Katzowitz

With Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman out last Sunday because of a right shoulder injury, Josh Johnson subbed in for him and did OK in Tampa Bay’s 38-19 loss to the Panthers -- which, by the way, showed beyond a doubt that Tampa Bay is finished for the season.

Though Freeman was scheduled to be back Sunday in time for the Jaguars game, he had a setback Friday that has put his ability to play today in doubt.

That’s according to the St. Petersburg Times, which writes that Freeman couldn’t finish practice Friday because of the pain.

"The arm is still in some pain, but it feels better than it did last week," Freeman told the newspaper Saturday. "I'm hoping it feels okay to play."

If not, the Buccaneers will turn back to Johnson, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 229 yards, a touchdown and an interception while rushing for a team-high 45 yards last week. The problem is that Johnson dislocated his non-throwing shoulder last week, though that doesn’t seem to be enough to keep him from starting if his team needs him -- he only missed one play last week before trainers popped his shoulder back into place.

Freeman said his shoulder felt better after throwing Saturday, so it’ll be a gametime decision as to whether he can play.

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