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Former Patriot Ray Lucas in rehab for addiction

02.08.11 at 5:30 pm ET
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Ray Lucas, who played for the Patriots, Jets and Dolphins over the course of a a seven-year career in the NFL, recently checked himself into rehab for a reported addiction to pain pills.

According to Lucas’ Facebook page, he checked in to the Behavorial Health of the Palm Beaches in Florida over the weekend. On Sunday, Lucas posted the following: “The end of day 2 detox. The symptoms of detox are taking hold ,I am in a lot of pain & everything hurts.This gets me scared. This place is amazing, having another player, Randy Grimes, who has been through it by my side is a difference maker. Today in a session for the first time in my life I was dealing with the [emotional] impact of my departure from the NFL. This is the start of the fight & I AM WILLING TO FIGHT!”

The 38-year-old Lucas was signed by the Patriots as a free agent out of Rutgers in 1996, and was a versatile presence in New England, lining up at several spots on offense. He played one season with the Patriots before moving on to the Jets (1997 through 2000) and Dolphins (2001 and 2002). He had his best season in New York in 1999, where he started nine games for the Jets at quarterback, throwing 14 touchdowns and 1,678 yards.

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