The Bucs were very fortunate to go through training camp and the preseason relatively unscathed. However, the one injury every team dreads is any injury to their starting quarterback.
Josh Freeman fractured the tip of his right thumb while attempting his 8th, and final, pass of this year's preseason. An injury to the thumb on a quarterback's throwing hand can be quite debilitating. Freeman had to sit out the remainder of the preseason. He has just begun practicing with them team again this week as they prepare to open the season on Sunday Vs. the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium.
In the 3 practices so far this week, Freeman was a full go on Tuesday and Thursday with a limited day on Wednesday during which he wore a splint. All signs point to Freeman making the start this Sunday, but if the O-line fails to protect him we could be seeing the Josh Johnson show again.
Johnson has been getting the usual amount of reps a back-up quarterback should be receiving, but under the circumstances I believe he should be getting a few extra reps just in-case his number is called. On the other hand, Freeman needs all the reps he can get to shake off the rust from his brief layoff.
As previously mentioned, Freeman only attempted 8 passes this preseason. Of those 8 passes, he completed 6 of them for 74 yards and a touchdown, equating to the highest passer rating of any quarterback this preseason at 142.7. Not to put much stock into the preseason or the relatively small amount of gametime he put in, but what we saw looks very promising. If Freeman doesn't re-injure his thumb and can manage to stay healthy, it looks as if all his hard work in the off-season will start paying dividends sooner than expected.