Madden Curse Strikes Again: Cover Boy Troy Polamalu Out Three To Six Weeks

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer ISeptember 11, 2009

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 10:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the game at Heinz Field on September 10, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

As with every year, the player who graces the cover of the EA Sports' Madden football game has been injured.

Its latest victim—Troy Polamalu.

Late in the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans season opener, Polamalu, who was having an All-Pro first half, sprained his MCL in his left knee on a blocked field goal attempt.

Alge Crumpler rolled up on Polamalu's left knee as Polamalu tried to pick up the live ball and advance it.

The Steelers went on to win the game in overtime 13-10.

In his postgame press conference, according to profootballtalk.com, Mike Tomlin stated that the injury would keep Polamalu out of the lineup for three to six weeks. When asked if the injury could be more severe than they believe, Tomlin responded by saying, "I'm sure it's possible, but we don't have any concrete evidence it's worse than that."

At the earliest, Polamalu could be back for the Oct. 11 game at the Detroit Lions, and at the latest (hopefully) the Nov. 9 game at the Denver Broncos.

Beware Larry Fitzgerald.


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