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Ex-NFL players say in lawsuit league used painkillers to mask injuries


May. 20, 2014 SI.com

A lawsuit filed by retired National Football League players says that league illegally used painkillers to mask injuries, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, says the NFL obtained and administered the drugs illegally without prescriptions and failed to warn players about potential side effects, all in order to expedite the return of injured players to the field and generate the highest possible profits.

Players say they weren’t informed about broken legs and ankles and were given pills to alleviate the pain instead.

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