Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback Jose Freeman has apologised for oversleeping and missing a team photo-shoot.

The 25-year-old's discrepancy was highlighted during a media session by coach Greg Schiano yesterday, where it was revealed that Freeman had been sleeping and failed to show for the team photo.

Freeman seemed unabashed and confident despite the incident, and was happy to answer questions on the topic when asked by journalists what exactly went wrong.

"Basically I overslept," Freeman said. "Point blank."

The Kansas City-born player admitted he felt aggrieved over his lack of professionalism, but was quick to affirm that his recent digressions are nothing to do with being stripped of his status as team captain.

"I think Vincent Jackson deserves every bit of the captain spot," Freeman said.

"I feel like the talk about me not being a captain kind of takes away from the honor of those guys being captains. Do I want to be captain? Yeah, sure. But it's not something that's going to make or break anyone."

The chances of Freeman being made captain however seem to be getting slimmer and slimmer by the day, with rumours circulating in the press that coach Schiano is ready to leave him behind if he doesn't show a marked improvement.

The 6ft 6inch quarterback will get an immediate chance at some redemption when the Buccaneers set out to cause an upset against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in their home opener.

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