Bucs QB Josh Freeman conceded that his preseason thumb injury was still not fully healed in time for Sunday’s 17-14 win over Cleveland.
Coach Raheem Morris, however, confirmed that Freeman had “no setbacks” while throwing for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson revealed that Freeman was involved in a car accident just days before Sunday’s opener.
With CB Aqib Talib suspended for the opener, the Bucs started E.J. Biggers at left cornerback, opposite veteran Ronde Barber.
The Browns started usual FB Peyton Hillis at tailback over Jerome Harrison.
Browns rookie S T.J. Ward was active in his NFL debut, leading Cleveland with 10 tackles.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer breaks down the Browns’ loss in video form.
Browns QB Jake Delhomme admitted that he’s “got to be smarter” after throwing two crucial picks in the defeat.