Stovall Out; Freeman Throws

August 30th, 2010

Rick Brown, the Lakeland Ledger Bucs beat writer who likes when Joe calls him “Backwards Hat,” (Time for more Bucs videos, Rick) checks in from Bucs practice today and reveals that Josh Freeman tossed a football Sunday and Maurice Stovall won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale, among other nuggets.

No word on what Freeman’s passes looked like, but it’s a great sign for Bucs fans, assuming he was able to control the ball.

Still a long way for Freeman to go.

18 Responses to “Stovall Out; Freeman Throws”

  1. dylan Says:


  2. goodfellajay Says:

    told you

  3. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    Great sign for the Bucs! The fact that he can grip a ball right now is very encouraging. He may be a little ahead of his recovery schedule!

    Let’s go Josh!

  4. JimBuc Says:

    The article only says he thre a few to a trainer. Don’t get too excited.

  5. goodfellajay Says:

    oh JimBuc stfu..debbie downer

  6. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    I think I’ll get as excited as I want to JimBuc. Thank you very much.

  7. ZeroExpectations Says:



  8. ZeroExpectations Says:

    Hey goodfellajay, do you know of a website that has taped games for free?

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Tim Tebow looked pretty good last night. What can I say? I’m still a fan. I wanted to see how the Steelers looked and Denver’s Defense was all over them. Dixon reminded me of JJ last year. We may have a shot in Week 3.

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    I also have to give some love to Steve Yzerman. He is making moves left and right. Signing players, trading prospects, going at it. The Lightning have charted a course for the Promised Land, and we have Gagne. Sounds like a dreaded disease.

  11. McBuc Says:

    This is a bazaro post…people calling Jimbuc negative…

  12. JimBuc Says:

    LMAO. I tried to be the voice of reason and got called “debbie downer” Too freakin funny. Yeah. that’s me, Mr Negativity. HA!

  13. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Wow, you are such a downer (just kidding)

    Seriously though, what this tells me is that Freeman is pushing the coaches to let him play…so they gave him a chance to prove he’s ready.

    This is a good thing, because it shows he does not want to miss any more games than necessary, and it also shows the team he will stand tough…make a good impression on them.

    If I’m Morris though, I don’t let him go until he’s 100%. Once you let the horse out of the gate, he’s going to run and you can’t get him back in until the race is over.

    If Morris lets him play before he’s ready, that broken finger tip (which largely affects ball control) could cost turnovers if his finger isn’t healed.

    If JJ goes in and blows it, which he would, then when Freeman comes back he can be a hero.

    On JJ…one touchdown with the starters doesn’t cut it. Not to mention the teams have his number in the regular season…blitz, blitz blitz. He’ll always react poorly in such cases.

  14. BamBamBuc Says:

    Freeman won’t be “100%” for a while. The fracture will take time to heal, and will be sore even then. It’s like banging your thumb with a hammer, anytime you put pressure on that thumb it hurts. Doesn’t mean you can’t use it, or put pressure on it, just that it hurts. It won’t be much different in a week than it is now. I believe he’ll play in week 1, he should play in week 1, and he’ll throw just fine but with a bit of pain. The reason he should be throwing now is to get used to the “pressure” on the thumb now to gain control of those throws with the pain.

  15. eric Says:


    I always knew you were a closet “hater”.


  16. Pete Dutcher Says:

    You make a lot of sense. I just question whether it would affect his ball control and accuracy…and the strength of his throws. Really, which one of those fingers does not play a large role in the release of the ball? They all are important. And if there is that much pain, I don’t see how he can be productive at all.

    Sure, we can talk about other QBs coming back from injuries…but if it is the throwing hand? That’s a bit different. In this case, letting him come back too soon would affect the team itself in a negative way.

    Of course, we don’t really know how bad this injury really is, or how fast of a healer he is. Favre use to come back no matter what…he refused to miss games. But was he always wise for doing so?

    In any of those instances, would the team have been better off letting him sit for a game or two? Especially with Rodgers there?

  17. BamBamBuc Says:

    They are actually smarter letting him throw now, get used to the feel of it with the thumb as it is now. It’s an easier adjustment getting used to the healed thumb than it is getting used to throwing with a thumb that hurts. It’s not like he’ll “fracture” it further by throwing now. Everything I’ve heard is “hairline” fracture, which is really pretty minor, there is nothing they can do except ice it and use pain killers. If the swelling is down enough to throw, let him throw. It would be different if he were an arm wrestler with a fractured forearm or something, huge risk of doing more damage. That’s not the case here. Swelling is the only real issue, and if it’s down, he should be throwing.

  18. goodfellajay Says:

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