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Bucs hoping Josh Freeman returns Sunday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping starting quarterback Josh Freeman will be able to return to practice Wednesday and play against Jacksonville on Sunday.

That’s how coach Raheem Morris laid out the team’s expectations for Freeman as he met with the media on Monday.

Freeman missed Sunday’s loss to Carolina after suffering a shoulder injury the previous week. That was the first game Freeman has missed since taking over as the starter midway through his rookie year in 2009.

Backup Josh Johnson started against the Panthers.