NFLPA teams with Harvard for health study, rips NFL

NEW ORLEANS -- The NFL Players Association announced a 10-year, $100 million partnership grant Thursday with Harvard University to research and treat player injuries and brain and heart illnesses after nearly 80% of players from 32 teams said in a union survey they don't trust team medical staffs. 

That distrust stems in part from four teams that required players to sign waivers before receiving injections of the painkiller Toradol. 

"We had a disagreement with the NFL with respect to several teams who have forced our players to sign waivers of liability before doctors would give them medical treatment in the form of injecting Toradol," union executive director DeMaurice Smith said. "I cannot think of a more repugnant practice than a doctor forcing a patient to waive liability in order to receive medical care."

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