NFL Responds to Will Smith's 'Concussion' Film: "We Have No Higher Priority" Than Safety

"We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety," the league said in a statement.

For the first time, the National Football League is commenting about the upcoming Sony film Concussion.

In response to the film's trailer, which was released on Monday, NFL senior vp health and safety policy Jeff Miller said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety. We have no higher priority. We all know more about this issue than we did 10 or 20 years ago. As we continue to learn more, we apply those learnings to make our game and players safer."

The film, which stars Will Smith and opens Christmas Day, centers on Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), a brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma.

Concussion is certain to spark controversy given that it casts the NFL in negative light as a powerful organization that ignored Dr. Omalu's findings and thus the safety of its players. The Peter Landesman-helmed film purports to be based on a true story.

The league has stayed mum on the film until Tuesday's statement, which doesn't specifically address any aspect of the trailer.

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