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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Former NFL Players File Class Action Suit Against League

Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon limbers up in a passing drill at the Atlanta Falcons training camp at Suwanee, Ga., Jan. 6, 1989. (Curtis Compton/AP)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is pictured at the Atlanta Falcons training camp at Suwanee, Ga., Jan. 6, 1989. McMahon is among the former NFL players suing the league. He also played for the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers, retiring after the 1996 season. (Curtis Compton/AP)

Former stars Richard Dent and Jim McMahon are among the former NFL players suing the league, alleging illegal and rampant misuse of pain-killing medications they claim led to debilitating injuries and long-term health problems.

In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco yesterday, McMahon claims he suffered a broken neck and a broken ankle during his career, but was given painkillers and pushed back on the field to play.

Here & Now’s sports analyst Mike Pesca discusses the lawsuit with host Jeremy Hobson.

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