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Saints complain about absence of Josh Freeman from injury report

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The Buccaneers updated their injury report to disclose that quarterback Josh Freeman fully participated in practice on Thursday with a thumb injury.  The move didn’t happen because of a mistake or oversight on the original version; per Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the update came after the Saints complained to the league office.

That’s what coach Raheem Morris said after Freeman showed up on NFL Network with his thumb in a bandage, even though he wasn’t on the Wednesday injury list.

“Ask the Saints, they reported it,” Morris said.  “You know, he might not be playing against the Saints, I don’t know.  I’ll go Belichick on you guys.”

Morris previously explained that Freeman suffered the injury against the Bears on October 23.  “He sprained it in the Chicago game, came in and practiced during the bye week and didn’t miss anything this week,” Morris said.  “I can make a big deal out of it if you want me to.”

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com reports that Freeman was added to Thursday’s report after the Bucs received a call from the league office.  Per Yasinskas, the league office also instructed the Bucs to put safety Tanard Jackson on the report, based on a policy that requires the player to be listed if he left the prior game with an injury — even when there is an intervening bye week.

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42 Responses to “Saints complain about absence of Josh Freeman from injury report”
  1. mataug says: Nov 3, 2011 10:27 PM

    the dumb get dumber

  2. vbe2 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:29 PM

    Raheem Morris seems to have a problem following league policy/rules, doesn’t he?

  3. goawayeverybody says: Nov 3, 2011 10:31 PM

    I hope the Saints re-sprain it for him.

  4. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:34 PM

    “I’ll go Belichick on you guys.” Might be the greatest quote of the season so far. Well, that and Suggs speaking about Ben Roethlisburger, “God might have his soul, but I own his ass.”
    This one’s right up there, though. It IS right for NO to call them on it, however.

  5. innerlign says: Nov 3, 2011 10:38 PM

    Follow the rules and you’ll have nothing to worry about, Raheem. Don’t be a chump, radio.

  6. iced107 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:39 PM

    The Saints are complaining so they don’t get surprised again….

    like last week my rams kicked their asses….

  7. trbowman says: Nov 3, 2011 10:42 PM

    The Bucs will win the division.

    Their biggest problem right now is losing to teams they shouldn’t, but they usually show up in the big divisional games.

    Freeman has been maddening this year, though.

  8. tampajoey says: Nov 3, 2011 10:53 PM

    The New Orleans Saints need all the help they can get these days. Especially after that beat-down the Rams gave them last week.

  9. hamcamnewton says: Nov 3, 2011 10:57 PM

    “I’m telling mom!”

    Really, Saints?

  10. buc13jcs says: Nov 3, 2011 11:00 PM

    I know I’m a Bucs fan, but this sounds like Floyd Mayweather crying about Manny PaQ cause hhe’s scared…come on you’re the big bad NO Saints what are you crying about? I know you don’t want Blount to step on your throat AGAIN, but damn…Everybody has the Saints blowing the Bucs out and your whining lol

  11. lelabear47 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:04 PM

    Suggs speaking about Ben Roethlisburger, “God might have his soul, but I own his ass.”
    ^^
    When does any raven own any steelers ass? Im no steeler fan but seems every year the ravens puff their chest out act like big boys and everyone falls in love with them, only to be beat down by steelers and its same story stage to big for qb, no offense, and old d that cant make a crucial play like steelers do….

    the afc is so funny,, every year pats greatest team ever, ravens are dominant, lololol

    geaux saints!

  12. goforgin01 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:04 PM

    Watershed games this week for Freeman and Flacco.

    Move forward or move down.

    More answers or more questions.

  13. kayotiicdat says: Nov 3, 2011 11:06 PM

    Your Rams are still a losing team

  14. david7590 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:13 PM

    @iced107:
    And they almost blew it. But still, at the end of the day, the Saints will be in the playoffs and the Rams will be home, again. Gee, 2005 was a very long time ago, wasn’t it?

  15. kayotiicdat says: Nov 3, 2011 11:22 PM

    Yucs fans are retarded, whining?? No it’s called rules, follow them. Your coach doesn’t even know the rules, his past proves that. Saints are going to walk all over this hot and cold team, and I saw someone say Freeman is “Maddening” this year.. Well his stats say otherwise.

  16. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 3, 2011 11:24 PM

    if you think their team whines, then watch out for their cliche retarded holier than thou fans. yeah we get it, you won a superbowl. whodat. superbowl. whodat.

  17. FinFan68 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:44 PM

    lelabear47 says:
    Nov 3, 2011 11:04 PM
    Suggs speaking about Ben Roethlisburger, “God might have his soul, but I own his ass.”
    ^^
    When does any raven own any steelers ass?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    How about, since week 1? Ravens beat down the Steelers (this time) 35-7 and it was a total domination

  18. iamdanabnormal says: Nov 3, 2011 11:44 PM

    @kayotiicdat

    do you even know what “maddening” meams? look it up before you try to rip someone else’s correct use of the word.

  19. bucsraysboltsfan says: Nov 4, 2011 12:04 AM

    Don’t the ‘aints have better things to worry about, like trying to figure out how they lost to a winless Rams team that looked as inept as the ’76 Bucs?

  20. youngry says: Nov 4, 2011 12:09 AM

    kayotiicdat says: Nov 3, 2011 11:22 PM

    Yucs fans are retarded, whining?? No it’s called rules, follow them. Your coach doesn’t even know the rules, his past proves that. Saints are going to walk all over this hot and cold team, and I saw someone say Freeman is “Maddening” this year.. Well his stats say otherwise.
    ___________________________________

    lol! How funny of you to call someone retarded when you don’t even know what maddening means!

    The Bucs have Drew Brees number, evidenced by winning 3 of the last 4 games, the Saints aren’t going to walk over anyone…

  21. goawayeverybody says: Nov 4, 2011 12:13 AM

    I’m so glad the Rams fans don’t have to lie on the floor writhing in agony anymore regarding the suckitude of their team.

    Anyway, the Saints will mop the floor with Freeman and the Fuccaneers this Sunday. You can write it down.

  22. yevrag3535 says: Nov 4, 2011 12:13 AM

    Saints place your bets.

  23. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 4, 2011 12:15 AM

    iced107 says: The Saints are complaining so they don’t get surprised again….

    like last week my rams kicked their asses….
    ————-
    I’m sure that Rams win caught you by surprise as well.

  24. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 4, 2011 12:36 AM

    The Saints are acting like girls. In fact, they just asked the Jaguars to go to the bathroom with them.

  25. shadow1018 says: Nov 4, 2011 1:52 AM

    “Your” Rams played their game of the year last week. Back to being the Lambs this week!!

  26. demons87 says: Nov 4, 2011 2:16 AM

    Why do the Saints care if the gamblers know he has an injury that isn’t affecting his practicing? The Saints know he injured his thumb, so it’s not like the Bucs are keeping a secret. While I know it’s a rule and rules should be followed but this isn’t a rule that affects the game, just which way the betting line moves. This is akin to calling the cops to report a speeder.

    The Belichick line was awesome.

  27. grudenthediva says: Nov 4, 2011 2:18 AM

    “Saints are going to walk all over this hot and cold team”

    Someone’s a little sandy in the pants because one of the hot weeks was vs. the Saints. Poor lil guy.

  28. patpatriotagain says: Nov 4, 2011 2:54 AM

    i can’t wish enough losses on the saints. crybabies, just like the jersey tannebaums

  29. silkyjohnson937 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:52 AM

    I say report all 53 players on injury report list because lets face it no nfl player that starts is ever 100%, and yes I’ll go Bellicek on you guys was one of the funniest lines I’ve heard this year.

  30. rajuncajun28 says: Nov 4, 2011 6:25 AM

    The Yucs have NO chance to beat the Saints this week…prepare for a revenge beat down…back to your ghetto on Dale Mabry.,

    .for the loser Rams fans…go away…you’re irrelevant at 1-6 and had a lucky week..9/10 times the Saints would destroy your pathetic team…You’re 1 game better than the Dolts….I would go back under my rock losers….

  31. mvincent81 says: Nov 4, 2011 6:49 AM

    @ kayotiicdat

    Talk about being stupid, do you know what “maddening” even means. It has nothing to do with the video game. The education system is truly a joke in NOLA, and you’re a prime example!

  32. nunpuncher says: Nov 4, 2011 6:49 AM

    Yeah, because Sean Payton HAS NEVER been vague in regards to an injury report. [/end sarcasm]

  33. grizzlybear34 says: Nov 4, 2011 7:06 AM

    Help me here, but if the Saints know he is injured, what good does it do them to make sure he is on the injury report?

  34. selmonfan63 says: Nov 4, 2011 7:38 AM

    Wow, getting a little testy in the Big Easy. At least Payton has an excuse to take those pain killers now.

  35. professorcolumbus says: Nov 4, 2011 8:22 AM

    nunpuncher says: Nov 4, 2011 6:49 AM

    Yeah, because Sean Payton HAS NEVER been vague in regards to an injury report. [/end sarcasm]

    _____

    You don’t put [/end] That is kind of like a double negative. Just the slash. I gave you a thumbs up, but almost didn’t because you ruined the joke.

  36. pantherguy344 says: Nov 4, 2011 8:41 AM

    “I’ll go belichick on you guys” is a classic. Even i like that as a panthers fan.

  37. bucfandango says: Nov 4, 2011 9:29 AM

    Freeman has practiced 100% fully since the Bears game, so is it really an injury? Players get injured in the NFL every week and not significantly enough to lower their performance. This appears to be the case with Freeman. Maybe every scratch that requires a band-aid or hang nail should be listed on the injury report. The Saints would be wise to not look past the Bucs like they did the Rams. The Bucs and Rams are similar teams, and the Saints haven’t been their best game in a while. This game could go either way and I wouldn’t bet on this one. Payton should worry most about his O line and protecting Drew.

  38. dukemarc says: Nov 4, 2011 9:37 AM

    Snitches get stitches.

  39. gatherspeed says: Nov 4, 2011 10:01 AM

    Actually, Freeman was not taken out of the last game due to injury and did not miss any practice time, therefore, he does not have to be listed on the injury report.

    If the Saints need this to gain an advantage they are in bigger trouble then we think. Unless, they want to change the spread in Vegas….(can of worms opened)…

  40. shallowfan says: Nov 4, 2011 10:41 AM

    Sorry, but I don’t see how freeman needs to be listed on the injury report if he practiced fully and didn’t miss any game time. so what if his thumb is wrapped up on tv, how many players do you think walk around the locker room after the game bruised up with wraps and ice bags on. They all can’t be listed on the injury report…

    Can’t believe how petty NO is being, that just goes to show they are scared.

    then again, maybe NO has some money on the game and needs the line to change…

  41. gobucs02 says: Nov 4, 2011 11:12 PM

    I think the Aints have better things to do than act like third graders. I really don’t see why Freeman would need to be listed on the injury report anyway. He practiced fully, all week.

    Go Bucs!

  42. molsgma says: Nov 6, 2011 2:50 PM

    tampajoey:
    Saints don’t seem to need any help today against your Bucs!

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