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Bucs' Josh Freeman inactive against Panthers with right shoulder injury
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 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.