Brandon Marshall had a three-touchdown performance with the Chicago Bears against the San Francisco 49ers in 2014, but he doesn’t remember much of it.
In an interview with ProFootballTalk, Marshall says in order to play through an ankle injury, he used so many painkillers that he was in a haze mentally, despite being able to perform at a high level on the field.
“I don’t really remember much about that game because I worked really hard to get back from a high ankle — well, I don’t want to go there. Um, well, I’ll say it: I took a couple pain pills. I took a couple pain pills that masked the pain. I really wasn’t supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four to six weeks. I don’t really remember much about that game. I just remember catching those balls and that was pretty much it,” he said.
His comments will certainly ignite discussion about the best way for players to manage pain, and whether or not marijuana could possibly be a safer alternative to painkillers.
Marshall will return to San Francisco this Sunday, this time as a New York Jet, as the team is set to square off against the 49ers.
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