Late Saturday, the Buccaneers decided to promote current third-string quarterback Rudy Carpenter to the active roster, an ominous sign for Tampa Bay fans, since it seemed likely that starter Josh Freeman would miss Sunday's game against Carolina.
That is exactly the case, as the Buccaneers announced on Sunday that Freeman will be inactive against the Panthers in Tampa Bay.
Freeman's absence means Josh Johnson will get the starting nod for the Bucs. Johnson's played in six games for the Bucs this season, though he's only attempted seven passes, completing two of them for 14 yards. He's also attempted five rushes for 17 yards, as most of his usage this year has been out of Wildcat-type formations, or when Freeman's been banged up.
Johnson hasn't started a game since 2009, when he began the season as the Bucs starter, losing the first four games before Tampa Bay decided to insert Freeman as a rookie.
The change at quarterback resulted in an early move in Vegas as well, as the Panthers went from three-point underdogs to one-point favorites with the news that Freeman wouldn't play.
That's a pretty accurate portrayal of the difference between Johnson and Freeman, and if the Bucs lose to the lowly (?) Panthers, don't be surprised to hear more chatter about Raheem Morris on the hot seat.
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