The NFL continues to battle the presence of drugs in it's league, with continually evolving testing procedures and legislature looking to eradicate illegal substance use.
That hasn't always been the case however, if a new lawsuit citing former NFL players is to be believed.
As reported by ESPN, players including former members of the 1985 Chicago Bears Jim McMahon and Richard Dent, have alleged that the NFL themselves sourced, obtained, and administered certain banned drugs to players in order to reduce injury lay offs, and ultimately reduce profit losses.
Some of the incidents described are truly eye-opening with McMahon revealing that at various times during his playing career he suffered a broken neck and ankle injuries but team doctors simply addressed these issues with medication and painkillers rather than revealing the extent of the injuries at the time.
A process which has led to further issues down the line.
The suit apparently includes several other similar stories of players being handed pills rather than being told that they had suffered broken bones and is something the NFL will surely respond to in double quick time.
According to ESPN, the lawsuit is looking for class-action status for any players previously supplied illegal painkillers by the league itself during their playing careers.
It is likely that the NFL will refute these claims but this one looks like it could rumble on for a while.