Josh Freeman staying positive after injury

TAMPA, Fla. -- With his right hand wrapped in tape covering a splint on his thumb, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman pledged to be back for the Sept. 12 regular season opener against Cleveland.

“You can’t look at it like everything is lost, because it’s not,’’ Freeman said after the Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 20-15 in a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium.

Freeman fractured the tip of the thumb on his throwing hand when he hit it on a helmet during the first quarter and exited the game immediately. He almost certainly will not play in the final two preseason games.

“I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to practice the week before the opener,’’ Freeman said. “You can spin it anyway, but I choose to spin it positive.’’

Freeman said, although he won’t be able to throw or practice with the team anytime soon, he will begin doing film preparation for the Cleveland game. He also said he still will be able to do footwork drills.

The only other quarterbacks on the roster are Josh Johnson and Rudy Carpenter. Coach Raheem Morris said he’s not sure if the Bucs will sign another quarterback.

“I’ll sit down with (general manager) Mark Dominik (Sunday) and we’ll see what we want to do and how we’re going to attack it,’’ Morris said.