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Former players sue NFL for improperly treating injuries

NFL teams staff some of the best doctors in the country, but some former players claim their medical problems were masked rather than treated.

Eight ex-NFL players filed a joint lawsuit this week, alleging that NFL doctors and trainers injected them anti-inflammatory agents and fed them painkillers - rather than treat injuries appropriately. By covering up the pain of underlying medical problems through over-medication, teams were able to get their players back on the field without waiting for injuries to heal.

One of the alarming aspects of the lawsuit is that players allege wrongdoing by a variety of NFL teams, although the Chicago Bears seem to be involved with multiple plaintifffs.

Other involved teams include:

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Detroit Lions
  • New York Giants
  • San Francisco 49ers

While the culture of pro football is changing for the better, there are still medical decisions made that are in the best interest of the team - not the player. This scenario is even scarier when it involves young athletes in youth or collegiate programs.

Source: Merced Sun-Star, "A Look At Ex-Players' Allegations In NFL Lawsuit," May 20, 2014

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