Ex-Timbers player suing team for $9.9M

PORTLAND — Former Portland Timbers forward Eddie Johnson is suing the Major League Soccer team for $9.9 million, alleging that he was allowed to practice while he still had concussion symptoms.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. It names the Timbers' ownership group, Peregrine Sports LLC, and members of the team's medical staff.

Johnson sustained a concussion before a game Aug. 3, 2011, and another one 11 days later, prompting the team to rule him out for the rest of the season. The lawsuit alleges that when he returned for the MLS preseason in 2012, he was still experiencing symptoms.

The native of Chester, England, retired that April after another head injury.

The lawsuit claims that the Johnson suffered "serious and permanent traumatic head and brain injuries" that caused headaches, memory impairment, impaired balance, blurred vision, dizziness and other conditions.

The Timbers said in a statement released Thursday that they would not comment specifically on the lawsuit, but said the team follows all MLS health-related protocols for players.


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