Josh Freeman Gun Range – Struggling Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman needed five stitches in his right thumb after a gun mishap at a local firing range on Halloween night. Previously, the Bucs had only confirmed that Josh sprained his right thumb in the late stages of a 24-18 loss to the Chicago Bears in London on Oct. 23.
The club acknowledged the gun range mishap Tuesday in response to questions by The Tampa Tribune.
He wore a wrap on his injured thumb during the overseas flight when the Bucs returned to Tampa the next day, team spokesman Jonathan Grella said.
On Tuesday, Grella confirmed Freeman also suffered a small cut on the outside of his right thumb Oct. 31, caused by an unexpected recoil while firing a gun at a range in Tampa.
“The cut was only cosmetic and didn’t affect my play,” Josh wrote in a text message to the Tribune. “The sprain, on the other hand, lingered for a few weeks.”
Grella said the quarterback received five stitches Halloween evening at the Bucs facility. Freeman and GM Mark Dominik met the next day at Bucs headquarters to discuss the incident. The stitches were removed a week later, according to the Bucs.
Despite the thumb injury, Freeman did not miss practice time or regular-season snaps, according to the Bucs. The club also said the QB did not violate his contract by firing a weapon.
In the four games since the gun incident, all losses, Josh Freeman threw five touchdown passes and six interceptions as Tampa Bay fell to 4-7. His completion percentage (62.4) during that stretch, though, is more accurate than his 61.8 percent rate overall.