Federal judge dismisses painkillers lawsuit against NFL
A judge on Wednesday dismissed a class-action suit brought by former NFL players who claimed the league illegally administered painkillers to keep players on the field, reports the Washington Post.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled the issue is covered by collective bargaining and does not belong in federal court.
"In such a rough-and-tumble sport as professional football, player injuries loom as a serious and inevitable evil. Proper care of these injuries is likewise a paramount need," Alsup wrote.
The suit was filed by nine former players, including Hall of Famer Richard Dent and quarterback Jim McMahon of the Super Bowl-winning
The goal, according to the players, was to "mask pain and conceal injuries," the paper reported. Alsup gave the players until Dec. 30 to file an amended complaint.
The NFL declined comment on the ruling.
Lions put RT LaAdrian Waddle on injured reserve
Lions WR Calvin Johnson puts in limited practice
The Bears rank 31st in passing defense, giving up 272 yards per game. They've given up a league-high 33 passing touchdowns.
Detroit is favored by 6.5 or 7 points at Vegas sportsbooks.
Patriots WR Edelman, RB Blount dealing with injuries
Browns QB Manziel on reported snubbings: 'Ridiculous'
There have been rumblings much of the season that some Browns have little respect for Manziel, who has admitted that he didn't work particularly hard when he was a backup to Brian Hoyer.
Chargers QB Rivers misses practice, but should play in game
'Pretty slim' chance Giants RB Rashad Jennings plays Sunday
The website expects
Jennings reinjured his sprained right ankle on the first play from scrimmage Week 15. He's been a non-factor since the Nov. 30 loss at Jacksonville.
The Giants are 5-point underdogs at most Vegas sportsbooks.
Texans WR Johnson back on practice field Wednesday
He missed the Week 15 game against Indianapolis with a concussion.
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams gets in limited practice
Carolina hosts the Browns on Sunday.
Troubled DE Ray McDonald released by 49ers
The team had stood by McDonald after the first incident, but apparently have lost faith in his innocence.
McDonald, who was finishing his eighth season with San Francisco and has started every game this year, ends 2014 with three sacks and having contributed to 39 tackles.
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