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Clinton Portis, Daunte Culpepper among 83 former players suing NFL over concussions

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Clinton Portis lies injured in a 2009 game against the Falcons. (Getty Images)

A consortium of 83 NFL players led by former Redskins running back Clinton Portis has filed suit against the league, charging that the NFL did not do enough to protect players from head injuries.

Portis, a two-time Pro Bowler who retired in 2010, is the lead plaintiff in the suit, which also includes notable names such as Daunte Culpepper and Cadillac Williams. The Washington Times reports that Portis is currently suffering from headaches and other issues, and believes he is “at heightened risk of developing further adverse neurological symptoms in the future.”

The NFL has consistently denied any wrongdoing in either protecting players or disseminating information about the effects of concussions.

Portis, who rushed for nearly 10,000 yards and 75 touchdowns over his career, estimates he suffered at least 10 concussions, most notably one in 2009 against the Falcons that put him on injured reserve.

"The truth is I had a lot of concussions," Portis told CBS Sports earlier this summer. "It was just the way things were at the time. I'd get hit hard and be woozy. I'd be dizzy. I'd take a play off and then go back in. Sometimes when I went back into the game, I still couldn't see straight. This happened all the time. Sometimes once or twice a game."

More than 4,500 players are now suing the NFL. The cases have been consolidated in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania. The NFL has moved to dismiss the suits, but the judge presiding in the case has ordered all sides to mediation, with the expectation of an update in early September.

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