Tampa Bay's Derrick Ward leaves game

TAMPA, Fla. -- Quarterback Josh Freeman’s fractured thumb isn’t the only significant injury for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Saturday night’s game.

Running back Derrick Ward left the game with what the team called a head injury and that means it’s possible he suffered a concussion. The team said Ward will not return to the game. We’ll see if there’s any more word tonight.

Ward was one of Tampa Bay’s big free-agent signings last year, but he has struggled the moment he joined the Bucs. He was unable to beat out Cadillac Williams for the starting job and wasn’t a big factor last year.

Ward had a rough outing, including two fumbles, in last week’s preseason game with Miami. He also was unimpressive through most of training camp and there has been speculation Kareem Huggins could be challenging him for the No. 2 running back spot.