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Washington Redskins trainers attended to running back Clinton Portis after he received a concussion in the first quarter of a game in 2009. It's too early to determine the similarities and differences of brain trauma between veterans and football players, but Dr. Ann McKee, the chief of neuropathology in the VA Boston Healthcare System, says, "I can tell you there are some parallels, and also some differences." (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2010, file photo, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis watches from the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Portis is hoping for another chance with the Redskins. The running back said Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, he wants to keep playing, despite back-to-back seasons that have ended early because of injuries. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

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Peter Lockley / The Washington Times Clinton Portis ran for 98 yards on 25 carries Sunday against the Buccaneers.

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Reuben Droughns took over in the Broncos’ ¿backfield after Clinton Portis was traded and gained 1,240 yards during the 2004 season. Droughns was ¿a third-round pick by the Lions in 2000.

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Reuben Droughns took over in the Broncos' backfield after Clinton Portis was traded and gained 1,240 yards during the 2004 season. Droughns was a third-round pick by the Lions in 2000. (Associated Press)

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Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, takes a photo with Bernice Cohen of Silver Spring, Md., as he makes his way out of the tunnel during for the annual Washington Redskins Homecoming festivities before the Washington Redskins take on the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 4, 2012. Portis is one of the "10 for 80" honorees selected to be added to the 70 greatest former players as part of the 80th anniversary of the Washington Redskins. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Clinton Portis reacts announces his retirement from the Washington Redskins NFL football team, with sons Camdin, left, and Chaz, both four years old, during a news conference at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. . (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

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Clinton Portis reacts announces his retirement from the Washington Redskins NFL football team, with sons Camdin, left, and Chaz, both four years old, during a news conference at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. . (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

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Clinton Portis reacts while announcing his retirement from the Washington Redskins NFL football team during a news conference at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. . (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

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Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, right, and team owner Daniel Snyder hug after Portis officially announced his retirement from NFL football during a news conference at Redskins Park, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Ashburn, Va. Portis finished as the second-leading rusher in Redskin history. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2010, file photo, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis watches from the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Portis is hoping for another chance with the Redskins. The running back said Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, he wants to keep playing, despite back-to-back seasons that have ended early because of injuries. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

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Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) looks to hand the ball off to running back Clinton Portis, left, during practice at the NFL football team's facility, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis is stopped short of the goal line by Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Sept.. 19, 2010. Portis scored on the next play. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis is stopped short of the goal line by Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Sept.. 19, 2010. Portis scored on the next play. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Redskins' running back Clinton Portis rushes for a 1-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at FedEx Field in Washington on September 19, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis gives the ball to the fans after scoring during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis gives the ball to the fans after scoring during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - This Sept. 2, 2010, file photo shows Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis watching from the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz.

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Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall celebrates his touchdown with running back Clinton Portis after recovering a Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice fumble during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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**FILE** Washington Redskins' Clinton Portis carries a flag bearing the number of slain fellow player Sean Taylor as the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Sunday. (Michael Connor / The Washington Times)