In a statement, Freeman said that he has never tested positive for any illegal drugs. He does, though, take medication for ADHD and said that he accidentally took Ritalin instead of Adderrall a year ago, which triggered a positive test.
As a result of the test, Freeman was placed in Stage 1 of the league's drug program and submitted to frequent drug tests.
Schiano was asked by reporters Tuesday if he was the source of the leak and said, "Absolutely not," according to the reports.
"I know what I've done. I'm 100 percent comfortable with my behavior, 100 percent," he said.
Whether Schiano actually leaked the information himself is inconsequential. Someone in the Bucs organization -- more than likely with the coach's knowledge -- did.
Playing politician can't help Schiano now, but acting like the adult in the room could have.
It's pretty clear Freeman is a kid who lacks leadership skills himself and if you're being kind, has a shoddy work ethic. Schiano had every right to move on from Freeman and insert Mike Glennon, but he should own it. By undercutting Freeman at every turn, he comes across as a transparent hack trying to save face.
Players understand better than anyone else that Freeman wasn't willing to carry his own water and do what was needed in order to be successful. But, throwing him under the bus publicly only hurts his trade value and makes the organization look petty.
A leader is at his best when people barely know he exists. When the work is done and the goals reached, the very people he led will think they did it themselves.
This is not about Schiano's bluster or the fact he is not well liked. At its core, leadership is defined by actions and results.
Schiano's actions are bush league on every level and his results -- the Bucs have lost nine of 10 dating back to last season -- speak for themselves.
The inevitable end is already here.
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Buffalo (2-2) at Cleveland (2-2), Thursday, 8:25 p.m.
LINE: Browns by 4
THE SKINNY: The nation will get to see some of the NFL's best young stars when Buffalo, led by rookies E.J. Manuel and Kiko Alonso, visit a Cleveland team highlighted by Jordan Cameron and Barkevious Mingo.
The Bills evened their record at 2-2 with a 23-20 win over Baltimore last Sunday after Manuel threw for 167 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first rookie QB to defeat the defending Super Bowl champions in September.
"It was a huge win for our team," said Manuel, who, along with rookie head coach Doug Marrone, became the first rookie quarterback and head coach tandem to defeat the champs in a decade.
The Browns, meanwhile, have won two in a row behind new QB Brian Hoyer, including last week's 17-6 win over rival Cincinnati. Cameron had 10 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals and his five touchdown receptions on the season are tied for the most ever by an AFC tight end in September.
"We're playing really well," said Mingo, who has a sack in each of his first three NFL games. "We have to keep it up and grow and learn."
PREDICTION: Browns 17, Bills 16
New Orleans (4-0) at Chicago (3-1), Sunday, 1 p.m.
THE SKINNY: The red-hot Drew Brees takes the unbeaten Saints into the Second City. New Orleans is 4-0 for the first time since 2009, when the Saints started 13-0 and won Super Bowl XLIV.