Josh Freeman has finally had the cast removed from his fractured thumb and has been doing some light throwing with the training staff. This is very encouraging news for the Bucs as the regular season draws closer. Coach Morris has said Freeman is on schedule, which means he should be ready to play by week one.
Guard Davin Joseph will be out for this game after suffering a hip flexor against Jacksonville. The injury is not severe and Joseph is sitting out this game to rest and prepare for the regular season. Coach Morris does not believe the injury will slow Joseph down for week one. His injury is not that bad overall and sitting out against Houston is a good move so Joseph can be at full strength.
Wide receiver Maurice Stovall is still out with an ankle injury. He missed last week and might miss the regular season opener. The reports are not promising for Stovall’s fast return which leaves the door open for rookie Mike Williams and Sammie Stroughter to take over his position and get more passes thrown their way. Hopefully Stovall can return healthy by week two.
Safety Sabby “the goat” Piscitelli is out this week as well with a mild concussion he suffered against Jacksonville. He is sitting out this game, but will be ready to back up Sean Jones in the regular season.