Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman fractured a bone in the tip of his right thumb during Saturday night's exhibition game against the Chiefs and likely will miss the remainder of the preseason, according to ESPN.com.
Freeman left the game midway through the first quarter after hitting his hand while following through on a pass. Josh Johnson replaced him.
Freeman, 22, was a first-round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2009 and has been pegged as the team's quarterback of the future. Last season, he appeared in 10 games (nine starts) and completed 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,855 yards, 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Freeman is expected to return to practice prior to Week One and play in the regular-season opener Sept. 12 vs. the Browns. The Bucs are very thin behind him at QB, with just Johnson and Rudy Carpenter on the depth chart.
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