Jan 24, 2012
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted his longtime use of the painkiller Toradol and also detailed that he would hide a concussion to remain on the field.
Toradol is used to lower inflammation and relieve moderately severe pain - usually after surgery - but it can lead to kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.
“First of all, we (as players) love football,” Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. “We want to be on the field as much as we can be. If we can be out there, it may be stupid, it may be dumb, call me dumb and stupid then, because I want to be on the football field. ...
”(Toradol's) been around a long time. I saw guys take it my rookie year. I didn't know what it was. I didn't have any reason to get one.”
Urlacher admitted to accepting 40 to 50 injections of Toradol during his career.
As for concussions, Urlacher admitted he would lie about an injury in order to remain on the field.
“If I have a concussion these days, I'm going to say something happened to my toe or knee just to get my bearings for a few plays,” Urlacher told HBO's “Real Sports”.
“I'm not going to sit in there and say I got a concussion. (Then) I can't go in there the rest of the game.”