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, and he thinks plenty of NFL players are customers.Barber said on FOX Business that NFL players have no trouble stopping using marijuana just to pass their annual drug test.“We always used to call it like the ‘dummy test’ because you know when the test is going to happen so just be clean and as long as you’re not in the program you can probably get away with it even if they technically know that it’s happening,” Barber said.Most NFL players are tested for recreational drugs just once a year, starting on 4/20. Once they’ve tested negative Chris Lindstrom Jersey
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, many of whom are using it for pain management associated with football injuries.“We’ve seen the punitive nature with which the NFL attacks users of cannabis and I believe a lot of these guys are just self-medicating. They don’t want to be caught in the opioid addiction crisis that has affected a lot of former players because of the constant damage to your knees and your joints and that’s not even to mentioning the head trauma,” he said.A handful of players find themselves in trouble with the league for failing a marijuana test each year. Many more know they can use marijuana for most of the year, as long as they stop in time to pass one test. Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley was strapped to a backboard and carted off the field after taking a shot to the top of his head in the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Denver Broncos.Conley was trying to wrestle Broncos running back Royce Freeman to the ground when teammate Jonathan Abram hit Freeman out-of-bounds. In the collision Kendall Sheffield Jersey
, Abram spun around and his left thigh careened into the top of Conley’s head.Conley remained stationary on the ground as he was tended to by medical staff. They removed the facemask from his helmet and immobilized him to protect against any further injury before loading him onto a cart and taking him from the field. Conley did raise a thumb in the air as the cart began its departure from the playing surface.The concern over such a collision would be related to any possible neck or spinal cord damage. Hopefully the safety measures prove to be precautionary only and Conley comes away from the collision healthy.