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Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon in 1989. McMahon is among eight retired players claiming the NFL administered potentially dangerous painkillers to players without consideration of longterm consequences. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)

(Bloomberg) — Retired players including ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon accused the National Football League of using painkillers to mask injuries in a “culture of drug misuse,” expanding litigation over the damage former athletes suffered during their playing days.

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