Originally posted on Bucs Beat  |  Last updated 12/3/11
Less than 24 hours before kickoff, the Bucs are making moves that would seem to indicate Josh Freeman won't play against the Panthers. Tampa Bay signed third-string quarterback Rudy Carpenter from its practice squad Saturday, presumably to back up Josh Johnson. Freeman was limited in practice all week with a sore right shoulder and threw only soft passes during the pat-and-go period Thursday. He is listed as questionable, but the Bucs have said his status will be determined in pre-game warm-ups. Johnson, who went 0-4 as a starter in 2009, has taken first-team reps all week. If Freeman is unable to play, it would end a steak of 35 consecutive starts. Freeman was injured on the final offensive play of the Bucs 23-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday when he dropped the snap on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak. To make room for Carpenter, the Bucs waived linebacker Zac Diles. Carpenter spent the first 13 weeks of 2011 on the Bucs' practice squad. 
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