NFL must be proactive on painkillers

Because players put livelihood ahead of health, burden falls on league to protect

Originally Published: May 27, 2014
By Jim Trotter | ESPN.com

Here we go again. The latest lawsuit filed against the NFL by a group of retired players provides fans with yet another peek at the league's ugly underbelly, claiming that teams knowingly and illegally supplied players with painkillers and anti-inflammatories to keep them on the field, all the while hiding the long-term dangers associated with such drug use.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of a class-action settlement in which the league was accused of knowingly hiding the long-term consequences ...

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