Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/1/11

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 27: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs to pass the ball during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 27, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was limited in practice on Thursday, thus putting his availability for Sunday's game against the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers in question.

Freeman is nursing a sore shoulder and was unable to throw in practice.

"(Freeman's situation) is one of those that will go all the way up until Saturday ... potentially even Sunday," Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said. "... If he can throw it, then he can throw it. And if he can't, then he can't."

The 17th overall pick of the 2009 draft, Freeman has struggled this season. The 23-year-old Freeman has completed 254 of 411 passes for 2,715 yards with 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Josh Johnson serves as the team's backup should Freeman be unable to play.

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