NFL painkiller abuse among allegations in court papers, report says

Former NFL players accuse the league of violating federal laws regarding prescription drugs, disregarding DEA guidance on controlled substances and keeping players on the field by using the powerful painkillers and anti-inflammatories, according to sealed court documents in a federal lawsuit, The Washington Post reported in an in-depth look at the issue.

The bombshell report, based on the newspaper’s review of the sealed material, provides what the Post describes as “a rare look into the league’s relationship with drugs and how team doctors manage the pain inherent in a bruising sport to keep players on the field.”

THIS PAST SEASON: Phillips, who is 35 and has one year and $14 million remaining on his contract, slashed .291/.320/.416 with 11 homers, 64 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 2016. He’s driven in 134 runs with 37 steals over his last two seasons.

OUR TAKE: A three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Phillips’ best days are behind him but he proved he can still contribute and would fit in perfectly in the Braves’ infield and lineup. Phillips would still be at second base in front of Rodriguez and would still hit near the top of the order, likely behind Ender Inciarte but in front of sluggers Freddie Freeman and Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys Matt Kemp, making Phillips a candidate for plenty of runs scored.

Rosenthal points out that Rodriguez is set to undergo surgery on his left shoulder next week due to car accident and is a contributing factor into why the Braves are pursuing Phillips. Another reason is the Braves new stadium, SunTrust Park is set to open and the Braves still need to put the talent on the field to sell tickets. Phillips, who is from Stone Mountain, Ga. and owns a home in Atlanta, will help draw fans and help turn Atlanta into a winner.

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