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Madden Curse Strikes Troy -- Cover Boy Injured

9/11/2009 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Madden Curse It took only one week -- but the ruthless Madden video game curse struck again last night.

After making one of the sickest interceptions you're going to see all year, 2010 Madden co-cover guy Troy Polamalu went down with a sprained MCL in his knee during the 2nd quarter of last night's Steelers-Titans game.

It's no coincidence ... no fluke ... he should've seen it coming.

Players who have graced the cover of the Madden video game box have been doomed since 2002 -- Marshall Faulk, Ray Lewis, Vince Young, Shaun Alexander ... and of course Michael Vick.

The evil twist -- this year, Troy shares the cover with Arizona Cardinals superstar Larry Fitzgerald. Might be a good time to trade him off your fantasy squad...

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Troy is the best, he'll be back in 6-8 weeks at most. He is a warrior. GO STEELERS!

1868 days ago

mrez golucky    


1868 days ago

K. Atwell    

What a shame. He was so awsome last night!

1868 days ago


This guy is a straight up bonehead, its like watching the Hardy Boys on WWE trippin. Throwing yourself into people, your just asking to hurt someone. This time it was himself. I doubt he will make it to 42 and still be playing like Darrell Green !

1868 days ago

dish rags    


1868 days ago


Get well soon, Troy! You are my favorite.

1868 days ago


ako33 ur funny lol... That was the dumbest comment I've read today... Your calling him a bonehead cause he flies around the field and throws his body into people... really... he is a football player and the game of football requires you to throw yourself around the field and use your body to tackle people lol... Have you never seen a game, are you not aware that is how you play the game lol... He is a saftey and his main job is to put people on their ass when they cross his path... He is also the best in the business at doing what he does... A bonehead cause he throws his body around to tackle people in FOOTBALL lol! That was to funny

1868 days ago


They forgot Donovan McNabb.... he got injured the year he was on the cover.

1868 days ago

Lippy Loo    

The only box Mikey Vick the Sick dog killer belongs on is a box full of a dog crap. Dude is seriously sick!!!

1868 days ago


Awwww. Come on over Troy, I'll nurse you back to health.

1868 days ago


Latest reports Troy will be out 3-6 weeks. I love watching this guy play he is truly fantastic.

1868 days ago



have you never seen WWE and the hardy boys? They both broke their backs and I doubt you will see them into their 60's like Rick Flair. My point being if you want a career that is not shortened due to injury you may want to be aware that you are not a machine. I'd put money down that he doesnt even make it to 10 years in the league, at this pace. Even Ray Lewis is smart enough to know how to use his power. I am surprised Troy hasn't broken his neck yet

1868 days ago


Troy is not only a great player but a great person! All of the Steelers community wishes him well very soon!

1868 days ago


I would like to see the whole team (Steelers that is) on the cover of Madden 11!!!

1868 days ago

Big Mic    


Its what he is paid to do and he is the best at it and wrestling is a show no one is going to want to see a 5 foot nothing hardy wrestle they want to see him jump from 50 foot ladders and break his back. Thats why people pay the money, and thats why they make the money.

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