LB Morgan joins call for NFL to study cannabis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan has joined Eugene Monroe in asking the NFL to research potential benefits of cannabis on long-term health.

“I feel like the NFL has a responsibility to look into it, to delegate time and money to research this for its players,” Morgan told Yahoo Global News. “… Given how much influence that the NFL has on society, I think it would help the greater good. There’s a lot of people suffering and a lot of people that can benefit from cannabis as a medical treatment.”

Morgan, a 2010 first-round draft pick, has recorded 27.5 sacks for the Titans in 76 career games. He signed a four-year, $27 million contract in 2015 with $10.5 million guaranteed.

His 2015 season was cut short by a shoulder injury, and he was held out of team drills during OTAs and minicamp by the Titans.

Morgan isn’t concerned about the reaction to his stance on cannabis as a potential benefit to NFL players.

“In thinking of the benefits that will come from spreading the awareness and the knowledge about this substance, I think greatly outweighs any backlash or ramifications that might come about it,” he told Yahoo Global News. “It’s about not only us, but former players, future players and more so society as a whole.”

The Titans have not yet responded to a request for comment.

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