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Former San Francisco 49ers defensive player Dana Stubblefield.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former professional athletes who have battled countless injuries since they left the game criticized a bill in the state Legislature that would restrict players from collecting workers’ compensation benefits in California.

Two dozen former players, including San Francisco 49ers defensive player Dana Stubblefield and Reggie Williams of the Cincinnati Bengals, appeared at the state Capitol Monday to speak against AB1309, which they said was an effort by team owners to avoid paying them for legitimate injuries.

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