PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Former Portland Timbers forward Eddie Johnson is suing the 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, says he was forced to retire that April after another head injury.
The Timbers would not comment specifically on the lawsuit, but said they normally err with caution beyond the protocol when it comes to head injuries and they stand by their physicians.