Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Monday evening that Josh Freeman is in the NFL’s drug testing program as a “stage one participant” but that he is not a step away from a suspension, and that he does not have a confirmed positive tested, according to the report.
The report also says that Freeman has temporary permission to use a drug that would typically not be allowed under the league’s substance abuse policy.
Here is a quote from the report on Freeman’s standing
Freeman has not had any incidents that have placed him in jeopardy of suspension, such as a positive test of a banned street-drug substance, sources said. Thus, Freeman is in relatively good standing under the program, sources added.
Mortensen also mentions that Freeman’s presence in the program could be based on behavioral causes, so his missed camps and meetings and photos could have drawn suspicion from the league office and placed him in the program.
That said, this is hardly a source for speculation, because it’s evident from this report that the only confirmed drug Josh Freeman is taking is one he’s legally able to take and has permission from the league to take. So speculation and rumors as to other drugs and substances Josh Freeman may be taking are baseless or hearsay.
None of this will hurt Josh Freeman’s trade value, because if teams are able to confirm with the league that Freeman is not “one strike away” from a suspension and has yet to fail a drug test for a banned substance he doesn’t have permission for, then there’s no cause for concern.