The Bucs said they have promoted quarterback Rudy Carpenter to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. That could be a sign the Bucs might rest starter Josh Freeman, who has been limited by a shoulder injury all week.
Freeman was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. Freeman has not missed a start since taking over the job midway through his rookie season. Backup QB Josh Johnson has not started a game since 2009.
The Bucs have said Freeman’s status will be a game-day decision. Linebacker Zac Diles was released in a move to create the roster spot for Carpenter.