The BBC reports

Two-time Super Bowl winner Chris Long has admitted using marijuana for pain management while he was an NFL player.

Long, 34, has spoken out after announcing his retirement on Saturday and says positive tests should not necessarily result in a suspension.

Dr Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, this week¬†told the Washington Post:¬†“We’ll look at marijuana.”

“A lot of guys get a lot of pain management out of it,” Long said in a television interview on Wednesday.

“If not for that, I’m not as capable of coping with the stressors of day-to-day NFL life.

“I certainly enjoyed my fair share on a regular basis throughout my career. I was never afraid to say that, but I’m able to say it more explicitly now.”

Long played 11 seasons in the NFL as a defensive end with the St Louis Rams, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.