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Ridley Scott to direct drama about concussions and pro football

By Eric Kay | CBSSports.com Staff

The NFLPA wants to know what happened with Terrelle Pryor on Monday. (USATSI)
Earlier this season Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion, which was questionably managed. (USATSI)

In his 30-plus years directing films, Ridley Scott's tackled some ambitious stories based off real events. Films like Black Hawk Down, American Gangster and Blade Runner (Heidi Montag? Replicant.).

Now the director is tackling the NFL.

According to Deadline, the English knight will "create a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role that [NFL] league owners play in allowing it to happen."

We're told to think, The Insider, which featured Scott muse Russell Crowe as a Big Tobacco whistleblower, says Deadline. The film, which is still untitled, will focus on a pro football player who suffers concussions and the accompanying long-term effects.

The topic of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) has been in the news frequently thanks to recent documentaries and several former players sharing the news that they suffer from the condition. Recently, former Dolphins star Mark Duper told our Bruce Feldman he was diagnosed with the condition. Also, the league settled a class-action suit with former players over the summer.

It's a topic that's nibbling away at the perception of the game, and the discussion around safety creeps into every gameday these days.

Crowe as a post-NFL Jim McMahon, anybody? Scott is currently filming the epic Exodus.

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