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NFL players call Toradol a "lifeline," and many wouldn't think of taking the field without it

Updated: November 17, 2011, 4:09 PM ET
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the Nov. 28, 2011, "One Day, One Game" issue of ESPN The Magazine.

IT'S BEEN A WEEKLY -- and sometimes daily -- headline in Dallas: Tony Romo Gets Pain-Killing Injection. Ever since he fractured a rib during a Week 2 win over the 49ers, Romo's pregame shots have been news, mostly because he plays QB for America's Team and partly because he's a reality show waiting to happen. But the story also speaks to a larger issue: how much medicinal help banged-up ...

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