Medical marijuana, painkillers among issues discussed by roundtable

Medical marijuana, painkillers among issues discussed by roundtable

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In a roundtable discussion organized by ESPN, NFL players met with Bengals offensive tackle and NFLPA president Eric Winston to discuss medical marijuana, painkillers, Thursday night games, playoff expansion and the NFL combine, among other issues facing the league. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman , Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr . were among the participants in the conversation, held last week at a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, during the annual meeting of player representatives and the NFL Players Association. "Things are changing," Winston said. "You see a different sort of player that’s playing in the league. Players are much more aware of the different things that are going on in the country, and technology has allowed guys to learn about financial concepts or legal concepts that they didn’t know about or may not have been able to learn before. Players are much more aware, and I think that makes a league that’s much more aware." The following are highlights from the hourlong conversation: Thursday night games: Earlier this year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said of the Thursday night games: "[The injury rates are] slightly lower than any other games. We’ve seen high-quality football on Thursday nights." The players said the issues with the Thursday games are bigger than just injuries. "It’s bad, low quality," Harris said. "I’m sorry. Guys are feeling their way into the game. The real game doesn’t start until the third quarter. The body’s not ready, you’re not physically ready to play at your peak performance. Mentally, you’re going into the game where you might be playing blind. Guys are cramming mentally." Jenkins said the actual game isn’t the problem. "It’s not that we don’t feel we can perform on the stage, because if you put us on a field and turn […]

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