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John Madden says NFL broadcaster gets pre-game pain-killing shots

The Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 03: John Madden speaks during a press conference where he awarded the New England Patriots offensive linemen with the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award for being this year’s best offensive line, as determined by John Madden and fan voting, at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 3, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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A new lawsuit against the National Football League was filed by former players on Tuesday claiming the league illegally used prescription pain-killers to mask injuries to allow players to keep playing.

Former NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden says the culture of pain-killers in the league can even extend to the broadcast booth.

In an appearance on KCBS radio in San Francisco on Wednesday, Madden said he knows of an NFL announcer that will get pain-killing shots before games.

“I know an announcer that goes down to the locker room to get a Toradol shot before a game,” Madden said.

“I think he goes at a different time [than the players], you know, he gets there early, you know, that type of thing. But he’s gotten Toradol shots.”

Madden didn’t identify the broadcaster in question, though it’s possible to assume it could be one of the many ex-players that now commentate on games across the league. Toradol is a pain-killer frequently used in the league to allow players to play despite injuries. Tarvaris Jackson would get a Toradol shot before games while playing with a torn pectoral muscle as the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback in 2011.

Teams have begun to lessen their use of Toradol on players. However, some players have still sought out the drug by other means because it’s non-addictive and non-narcotic. Apparently broadcasters are also seeking out its pain-killing ability as well.