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)

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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