Yes, Freeman Cut His Thumb; It’s Healed NowNovember 29th, 2011
Last night Joe got tipped with a link from former Bucs beat writer Wolf Heard, who once penned articles for PewterReport.com and is now writing for Buccaneers101.com, of Josh Freeman injuring the thumb of his right hand at a fully licensed local gun range, under a tightly controlled atmosphere.
This issue was also discussed earlier today on the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig’s show on WDAE-AM 620.
Joe began working his sources and here is what he knows from friends at One Buc Palace:
Freeman did injure his thumb at a gun range, but it was eight days after originally injuring his thumb against the Bears in London.
The injury at the gun range was a minor cut that required five cosmetic stitches. Freeman did not lose any practice time (short of not taking snaps in Wildcat formations — which he doesn’t participate in any way) and did not miss any playing time as a result of the cut.
Freeman’s cut did not aggravate his already sprained thumb, which the Bucs insist was so minor that despite wearing a thumb bandage on the flight home from London, he was able to carry his own carry-on bag with his right hand and was shaking hands with well-wishers.
Since the mishap resulting in a cut, Freeman had a sit down with Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik who cautioned Freeman about activities that may harm his livelihood, i.e. his throwing hand.
Now Joe knows people will get bent out of shape using this information in some anti-Second Amendment crusade. The mishap happened at a fully licensed, fully controlled, safe, legal environment.
In Joe’s eyes, this is no different than if Freeman cut himself fishing or broke a thumb blocking someone’s shot playing a pickup game of hoops.
The thumb, Joe has learned, is fully healed and the way Freeman has been throwing the ball the past two games, the best he has tossed the ball all season perhaps, that may be all the evidence one needs as to the healing process.