Urlacher will play with Toradol risks

Urlacher will play with Toradol risks
January 25, 2012, 3:35 am
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The reason an NFL player uses Toradol is simple:

Its something that makes you feel like Superman for three hours, said former San Francisco 49ers center Jeremy Newberry, who broke down into tears thinking about his children during a Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel segment Tuesday night.

Andrea Kremer, a top NFL reporter for many years, took a deep look at the drug used to make the pain of the game bearable. The results were sobering.

Brian Urlacher has taken Toradol shots throughout his career and said he was not aware of some of the health risks. When he was informed of them, however, Urlacher was direct:

Even now knowing the risks, I would still take the Toradol shot, Urlacher said. And I probably will.

Toradol is a legal pain-killer and is what a long list of NFL players need to play. But they are playing with some extreme risk.

I think theyre playing Russian roulette, said a former Seattle Seahawks team physician who believes that Toradol ultimately puts internal organs at risk.

Urlacher also said he would not say during a game that he had a concussion, that he would say it was his knee or toe or something else."

We love football and want to be on the football field as much as possible, Urlacher stated.