A group of retired NFL players has filed a lawsuit that charges the league with supplying them with illegal and risky narcotics and other painkillers to mask injuries.

The suit charges the drugs numbed the injuries and led to medical complications down the road.

Some players say they were never told about broken legs and ankles and were fed a dose of pills to cover up the pain.

One says that instead of surgery, he was given anti-inflammatories to allow him to play in games, while another says that after years of free pills from the NFL, players retired from the league addicted to painkillers.

The complaint names eight players, including three members of the Super Bowl champion 1985 Chicago Bears: Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent, offensive lineman Keith Van Horne, and quarterback Jim McMahon. Lawyers seek class-action status, and they say in the filing that more than 500 other former players have signed on to the lawsuit.

Van Horne says he played an entire season on a broken leg and wasn't told about the injury for five years.

The only response from the NFL so far has come from spokesman Brian McCarthy, who told reporters that the league has not seen the lawsuit and the attorneys have not been able to review it.

-- The Associated Press