Josh Freeman Enters NFL Substance Abuse Program

By: Fred Goodall, AP Sports Writer
By: Fred Goodall, AP Sports Writer
Benched Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman says he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and voluntarily entered the NFL substance abuse program more than a year ago after mistakenly taking a medication to treat the condition.

Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman (5) looks for a receiver in the first half of their NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Benched Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman says he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and voluntarily entered the NFL substance abuse program more than a year ago after mistakenly taking a medication to treat the condition.

Freeman said Monday night in a statement released by his agent that he has passed all 46 drug tests he's taken for the league since once using Ritalin instead of Adderall to treat ADHD.

The fifth-year pro was benched last Wednesday after leading the Bucs to an 0-3 start that included a pair of losses on last-second field goals.

Freeman said he has been ``prescribed and permitted to take medication'' to treat ADHD for the entirety of his NFL career.

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