Why Are So Many NFL Players Smoking Pot?

The NFL has a long-standing marijuana ban—but some say that might change

It’s no secret that football is one of the roughest, toughest sports out there. Just look at the numbers: in 2013-2014 alone, NFL athletes suffered a total of 1,300 on-field injuries, according to a study conducted by SimpleTherapy. And no body part is safe: according to the infographic, 22 percent of injuries occur to players’ knees, 15 percent to their ankles, 12 percent in their upper legs, and 9 percent to their shoulders.

When a 350-pound lineman crashes into your knee, it’s going to hurt. A lot. The consequences of injury last well beyond Game Day. In fact, many players deal with constant pain throughout the season — and they’re resorting to dangerous self-medication methods as a result.

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