|Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) gets a pass away as he is pressured by Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan (31) in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Russell)|
Bucs' Freeman out with right shoulder injury
TAMPA, Fla.—Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman is inactive for Sunday's game against Carolina, ending a streak of 36 consecutive starts.
Freeman hurt his right throwing shoulder during the Buccaneers' final offensive play of last week's 23-17 loss to Tennessee and was limited in practice during preparation for the Panthers.
The third-year pro has started every game since moving into the lineup when the Bucs were 0-7 in his rookie season. He led them to a surprising 10-6 record in 2010, but has struggled this year. Tampa Bay took a five-game losing streak into Sunday's game.
Josh Johnson started against Carolina. His backup was Rudy Carpenter, who was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday.