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NFL cornerback Byron Jones of the Miami Dolphins, who is a former All-Pro and Pro Bowl athlete, has abruptly retired.
“DO NOT take the pills they give,” Jones warned other athletes. “DO NOT take the injections they give you. If you absolutely must, consult an outside doctor to learn the long-term implications.”
“Today I can’t run or jump because of my injuries sustained playing this game,” Jones added.
There has been a story going around about Byron Jones, CB for the Miami Dolphins saying how he can no longer run or jump do to pills and shots the team gave him while injured. Here is @EmmanuelAcho former NFL player break down the situation. pic.twitter.com/Umyz9h7mKg
— TheSportsEcyclopedia (@The_Ecyclopedia) February 26, 2023
Jones missed the 2022 season for the Dolphins due to injury.
It’s unclear what pills and injections Jones is referring to. It’s reportedly common among NFL athletes to receive injections of cortisone and painkiller pills.
Dallas Cowboy linebacker Micah Parsons claims “95 percent” of the league pushes players to take painkillers.
Much has changed in 8 years. Today I can’t run or jump because of my injuries sustained playing this game. DO NOT take the pills they give you. DO NOT take the injections they give you. If you absolutely must, consult an outside doctor to learn the long-term implications. https://t.co/g5TTHDQGSY
— Byron Jones (@TheByronJones) February 25, 2023
“It was an honor and privilege to play in the NFL but it came at a regrettable cost I did not foresee,” Jones said.
“In my opinion, no amount of professional success or financial gain is worth avoidable chronic pain and disabilities.
“Godspeed to the draft class 2023.”