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Pete Carroll: NFL Should See If Medicinal Marijuana Can Help Players

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability at the Westin Hotel January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on February 2, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVIII media availability at the Westin Hotel January 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on February 2, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Pete Carroll is in support of the NFL looking further into whether medicinal marijuana could be beneficial for players.

The Seattle Seahawks coach said Monday he supports Commissioner Roger Goodell’s message last week that the league could consider medicinal marijuana as a treatment if science proved it could be beneficial for players who have suffered concussions.

“I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible,” Carroll said.

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Carroll says regardless of the stigmas involved, the medicinal value should be examined, “because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they’re coming to some conclusions.”

Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Seahawks and Broncos features the two states where recreational marijuana use is legal: Washington and Colorado.

“I’m not a medical expert. We will obviously follow signs. We will follow medicine and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that,” Goodell said last week. “Our medical experts are not saying that right now.”

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