The soap opera surrounding the Buccaneers hasn't slowed down, in fact the allegations and unanswered questions have even gained steam over the last 24 hours. Find out what head coach Greg Schiano had to say about things, along with the NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith who was in town on Tuesday.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place On Tuesday October 1:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
The Bucs went through what head coach Greg Schiano called a “jog-through” practice. The players were in just shorts and jerseys for the 12:25 p.m. hour-long practice.BUCS INJURIES
• The Buccaneers announced that tight end Nate Byham was placed on injured reserve. Byham suffered a leg injury in Sunday’s 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• In a bit of a surprise move the Buccaneers cut wide receiver Kevin Olgetree and safety Ahmad Black.
On Tuesday Schiano talked about the decision.
“Just, like every move we make, we just thought that was best for the team at the time and (general manager) Mark (Dominik) and I discussed it at length. We have a time here with the bye-week where we have an opportunity to kind of regroup a little bit. Some personnel moves, some schematic moves, there will be a couple things that we can work through.”
• Tampa Bay promoted wide receiver Chris Owusu to the active roster and also placed tight end Nate Byham on injured reserve.
• WR Dan Bucker was also released from the practice squad on Tuesday, and although not confirmed by the Buccaneers, Tiquan Underwood is set to rejoin the team. Staff members were seen unpacking Underwood's belongings and hung his No. 11 jersey up in the locker formerly occupied by Black.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
The Josh Freeman/Greg Schiano story continued to be the topic of the day at One Buc Place on Tuesday with the latest report that came out on Monday evening that Freeman was in the NFL’s Stage I Drug Program. The report from ESPN said that Freeman had a exemption from the league to take a substance that is on the banned list.
Late Monday night Freeman responded to the report and explained his side of things, while also indicating that the confidential information leak may have come from the Buccaneers themselves.
"Let me be very clear. I have NEVER tested positive for any illegal drugs or related substances. Further, I have agreed to take, and have PASSED 46 NFL-regulated drug tests over the last year and a half.
“Since that time, I have taken and passed all 46 drug tests I’ve been given, which test for every drug and banned substance imaginable. I agreed to allow such testing to be done at my workplace (team facility) because I spend all of my time there and I have nothing whatsoever to hide or be embarrassed about.
"Unfortunately, it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information. It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other. I remain dedicated and focused to being the best quarterback I can be and to help a team win a championship."
Schiano was asked by the media on Tuesday if he was the one who has shared the information about Freeman and denied it saying, “Absolutely not.”
Schiano also ways he isn’t pleased that the information was made public.
“Well I can’t speak to the first issue (ADHD medication). I really don’t want to get into what Josh’s thoughts are on how things got out. I know what I’ve done and I am 100 percent comfortable with my behavior. 100 percent.”
• NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith had his annual scheduled visit with the Buccaneers players on Tuesday then met briefly with the local media.
Smith said the NFLPA has filed a grievance against the Bucs for kicker Lawrence Tynes who contracted MRSA during training camp. Tynes was upset with his roster designation that will prevent him from accruing a year of service towards his retirement.
Smith also said the union will be looking into allegations that the leaks of personal and confidential information was leaked to the press by someone inside the Bucs organization. Smith said if "we have concerns the rules have been intentionally broken, no one will be exempt from the consequences."
• And finally Gabe Carimi spoke with the media for the first time in over two weeks and explained his absence was due to contracting mononucleosis. Carimi said he has lost a significant amount of weight, but is on the mend.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I examine every play, and our staff does every play, for its effectiveness. We’ll always examine each play – should we still be running it? Should we not still be running it? As I mentioned on my radio show last night, I do leave it up to the players, because I’m not naïve that that’s a controversial thing. But if our players feel we have a chance to win, they want to win. Last time I checked, that’s what we’re getting paid to do – go win. We’ll play 60 minutes, and it’s an organized play. People know it’s coming, and that was really the gist of it.”- Schiano on the controversial kneel down play
NEXT UP FOR TAMPA BAY
The Buccaneers will practice Wednesday before taking four days off per the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) for the bye week. Tampa Bay will be back Monday with a regular work schedule as they begin preparations for
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