NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: William Hayes #95 of the Tennessee Titans tackles Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Buccaneers 23 to 17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Josh Freeman Injury: Bucs QB Won't Play In Week 13, According To Report

Bucs QB Josh Freeman appears headed to a game time decision as he resumed throwing only on Friday.

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Josh Freeman Injury: Bucs QB Reportedly Won't Play Vs. Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback Josh Freemanbothered all week with a sore throwing shoulder, won't play in Week 13 in the Bucs' divisional matchup against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthersaccording to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson will get the start.

Freeman has regressed this year after leading the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record last season while turning the ball over very few times. As a result, his receivers' fantasy value, namely Mike Williams, has suffered to the point where many of them aren't worthy of a roster spot in most leagues. With Johnson, more of a runner than a passer, under center, it's doubtful that that will change. Williams has been abysmal, catching just two touchdown passes last year, and Arrelious Benn and Preston Parker have been adequate at best.

The Buccaneer who figures to benefit most from this injury, if at all, is running back LeGarrette Blount. Though he's used to the workload, he might get upwards of 30 carries against a weak Panthers run defense.

For more on Freeman and the Bucs, visit Bucs Nation. For more on their Week 13 opponent, visit Cat Scratch Reader.


Josh Freeman Injury Update: Bucs QB Limited In Practice With Shoulder Soreness

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was limited for the second straight day as he is dealing with shoulder soreness. The Bucs QB has been at practice the last two days but has not been making throws while he tries to get through an issue that first developed this past week against the Tennessee Titans.

Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson indicated that Freeman had shown significant improvement since Sunday. However, head coach Raheem Morris said that he was being evaluated each day and could very well be a game-time decision. Freeman has been able to handle handoffs, but not the necessary throws to execute the Bucs game-plan. Once he can do that, Morris will clear him to start on Sunday.

If Freeman sits, backup QB Josh Johnson will get the start. In three seasons, Johnson's most significant playing time came his rookie season in 2009 when he made four starts before being replaced by fellow rookie Josh Freeman. The Bucs face a fairly awful Carolina Panthers pass defense this week.

For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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