Originally posted on Inside The Panthers  |  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)
   It's been a tough season already for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it may not be getting better.    According to a story today in the St. Petersburg Times, Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman is questionable for the game Sunday against the Panthers due to a shoulder injury.    It's the latest setback for Freeman, who suffered a sprained thumb on his throwing hand in mid-October and later needed five stitches to close a cut on the same thumb after a gun recoiled when he was at a shooting range.    Backup quarterback Josh Johnson took most of the first-team reps at practice Wednesday and head coach Raheem Morris said Freeman's status for the Carolina game will be determined by how effective he can be running the Bucs' offense. -- Ron Green Jr.
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