TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - By the time Tampa Bay closed out an
exhibition victory over Kansas City, Buccaneers quarterback Josh
Freeman had regained his composure and was talking positively about
the thumb injury that will sideline him until at least the opening
week of the regular season.
The second-year pro feels fortunate to have only broken the tip
of the thumb on his throwing hand and doesn't think it will hinder
him from being ready to play when the Bucs face the Cleveland
Browns on Sept. 12.
The Bucs, too.
Freeman was the third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft
behind Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez. He went 3-6 in nine
starts as a rookie, and Tampa Bay - coming off its worst finish
since 1991 - doesn't have an experienced veteran playing behind the
6-foot-6, 248-pound passer.