Clinton Portis sues NFL over concussions, Washington Times reports

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Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, arguably one of the most popular players in franchise history, is joining a lawsuit against the National Football league over concussions and head injuries, the Washington Times reports.

According to court documents obtained by the Times' Nathan Fenno, Portis is named as the lead plaintiff in a suit filed Tuesday in Florida against the NFL. He's one of 83 players named in this suit, joining more than 4,500 former players who have taken recent similar action.

In his claim, Portis says that he has been at high risk of "further adverse neurological symptoms" in connection to a series of concussions he says he sustained during his nine-year NFL career.

Portis is hardly the first former Redskin to sue the league over concussions. A laundry list of notable former players, including Mark May, Mark Rypien and Art Monk, have already filed suit against the league.

He was traded from the Denver Broncos to Washington before the 2004 season and spent the remainder of his professional career - through 2010 - in burgundy and gold.