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ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2015
Directed by Peter Landesman. With Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Luke Wilson. Distributed by Sony Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 3 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13. Playing at: Area theaters.
NEWS
December 25, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
Midway through Concussion , the film's already grim focus gets a fiery exclamation point. As a wild-eyed Justin Strzelczyk, beset by demons in his head, speeds away from his Pennsylvania home carrying $2,700 and a fistful of crucifixes, the movie cuts to grainy footage of the ex-Steeler lineman's black SUV. Accompanied by the frantic buzz of police chatter, we see the eastbound car racing recklessly through the westbound lanes of the New...
NEWS
December 25, 2015 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Concussion tells the story of how a Pittsburgh pathologist's research led to the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy - CTE, the degenerative disease linked to repetitive brain trauma. CTE can cause chronic headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Changes in behavior mimic dementia. The disorder also raises the risk for depression and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Several NFL players depicted in the movie committed suicide. Movies often oversimplify complex medical issues.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Staff Writer
"Consussion" seems like a strange Christmas release: Hey, lets go see that movie where pro football players with brain damage kill themselves. And in truth, it's not a knee-slappin' good time at the theater. But it is more appropriate to the season than you might guess - the story of a deeply religious man who undertakes a moral crusade, motivated by an abiding faith that gives him the courage to take on the NFL, based on his conviction that "God does not want us to play football.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Staff Writer
Will Smith  says his upbringing as a football-loving Eagles fan made it difficult, at first, to accept the science behind his new movie "Concussion. " Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu , the Nigerian-born Pittsburgh pathologist who discovered degenerate disease (he named it CTE) in the brains of deceased football players, making him an enemy of the NFL. "My son played for four years, and it was some of the most beautiful time that we've had together," Smith, 47, told ABC News.
NEWS
December 16, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
IF YOU ever want to dabble in time travel, try whispering two words to Philadelphia Eagles fans of a certain age: Andre Waters. Let it sink in for a moment, like a secret password, and watch the years disappear from their faces. Wistful smiles replace the usual heavy frowns. Waters was an underdog who had to fight and claw for his job - not the most naturally gifted guy on the field, but one of the toughest. He was, in other words, the embodiment of all the blue collar traits Philly sports fans always hope to see in a local athlete.
NEWS
December 10, 2015 | Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
THIS JUST in: Football is a violent game. It's a dangerous, unnatural, collision sport where human beings essentially play demolition derby with their bodies. There are injuries, many of them serious. Broken bones. Torn ligaments. And concussions. Lots of concussions. Not that long ago, no one ever used that word. Now, it's the name of a soon-to-be-released movie that the NFL would prefer you not go and see. "Back in our day, when we were young, I remember seeing stars a few times," said Kent Bradford, who played for the University of Oklahoma in the late 70s. "Getting a head-hit where you're kind of stung for a minute and you walk it off. That occurred a lot. "But they weren't called concussions back then.
SPORTS
December 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Mathews returned to practice on Tuesday after missing three games with a concussion. Now that he's through the league-mandate concussion protocol, Mathews could be back in the lineup on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. "I'm feeling good," Mathews told reporters. "Just need to take it day-by-day. I'm really optimistic about [playing]. " Mathews said the "training staff was on it" when asked about the duration of the concussion. He said he must adjust to the speed of the game after missing so much time.
SPORTS
November 26, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days away from their Thanksgiving game with the Detroit Lions, the Eagles remained mum Tuesday on the identity of their starting quarterback. Although there are indications that Mark Sanchez will start for the second consecutive week, Sam Bradford is hoping to return to action. The Eagles had only a walk-through on Tuesday. Bradford was limited, which means he did not take his usual allotment of first-team snaps. He has been cleared from his concussion but still has discomfort from a separated non-throwing shoulder.
SPORTS
November 25, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Bradford returned to practice on a limited basis Monday after he was cleared by an independent neurologist to return following a concussion he suffered on Nov. 15. He also had a separated left shoulder. There was no word on whether Bradford would play Thursday against the Detroit Lions, or whether Mark Sanchez would make his second consecutive start. Coach Chip Kelly refused to discuss Bradford's injury. When offensive lineman Lane Johnson was asked who he thinks will start, he said Sanchez without hesitation.
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