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The controversy over the NFL's alleged misuse of painkillers

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A group of retired National Football League players have sued the league for its alleged use  and promotion of pain killers. 

The suit, filed yesterday in San Francisco, accuses the NFL of illegally supplying players with narcotics and other pain killers to speed up their return from injuries. Some players claim they were never told about broken legs and ankles they suffered and that instead of surgery were given pills to mask the pain. 

The NFL says they have not reviewed the lawsuit. Lawyers for the players are seeking class action status and say more than 500 other former players have signed on. 

One of them is Billy Davis, two-time Super Bowl champion wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens who retired in 2000. Davis joins Take Two to talk about the allegations.