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Freeman needed stitches after gun mishap

Josh Freeman, Jason Jones

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) scrambles away from Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones (91) in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)


Here’s a strange one.

Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune has confirmed that Josh Freeman needed five stitches in his right thumb after a gun “mishap” at a Tampa shooting range on October 31. A gun unexpectedly recoiled on Freeman.

That injury happened only eight days after Freeman sprained his thumb against the Bears. Freeman and G.M. Mark Dominik met on the day following the incident to discuss what happened. His stitches were removed five days later.

Freeman has participated fully in practice ever since the injury. He hasn’t played well over the last month, but he wasn’t playing very well before the injury either.

The Bucs confirmed the story and said Freeman didn’t violate his contract.