Bucs’ Freeman out with right shoulder injury

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TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - 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 10-6 record in 2010, but has struggled this year. Tampa Bay (4-7) took a five-game losing streak into Sunday’s game.

Josh Johnson gest the against Carolina. His backup is Rudy Carpenter, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday.

After throwing for 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions in his first year as a full-time starter, Freeman has 12 TD passes and 16 interceptions this season. He was injured when he dropped the snap on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak that was stopped for no gain.

Freeman did some soft throwing during practice on Thursday and Friday, when coach Raheem Morris said a decision on his status would be made during pregame warmups.

Tampa Bay’s other inactives are cornerback Myron Lewis, defensive ends Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Michael Bennett, receiver Micheal Spurlock, and tackles Derek Hardman and James Lee.

Carolina’s inactives are quarterback Jimmy Clausen, cornerback Brandon Hogan, linebackers Jason Phillips and Omar Gaither, guard Bryant Browning and receivers Kealoha Pilares and Darvin Adams.

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