|Damn, son, that's cold.|
"Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that running back Peyton Hillis will miss his sixth consecutive game this week with a hamstring injury. Hillis hasn't played since getting hurt on Oct. 16 at Oakland." -ESPN
This is old news, yet, it's finally time we closed the door on the 2012 Madden Curse.
"Coming off an insane stat year in the 2010-2011 season, Peyton Hillis was forgotten just as fast as he came up in 2011-2012. Like the avalanche that he is, Payton rumbled, breaking all in his path, crumbled, and eventually came to a rest... Now he's the doormat for some guy named Ogbonnaya."
2010, Troy Polamalu/Larry Fitzgerald: Polamalu only played five games due to knee injuries, Steelers missed playoffs; Fitzgerald wasn’t affected much (97 receptions, 1,092 yards, 13 TD, Pro Bowl).
2009, Brett Favre: Feuded with Packers, traded to Jets, dick pics, horrible down the stretch (lost 4 of last 5).
2008, Vince Young: Missed 1 game with quad injury; led Titans to first playoff appearance in four years, yet still managed to convince all of America that he's clinically insane.
2007, Shaun Alexander: Fractured foot, missed six games; fewer yards and TDs in '06 AND '07 than in '04 OR '05. Not to mention the guy hasn't been on SportsCenter since he forced his coach to let him play for the rushing title.
2006, Donovan McNabb: Sports hernia in first game, missed seven games; feuded with Terrell Owens all year; had been to five straight Pro Bowls, hasn't been since.
2005, Ray Lewis: Broke wrist, missed one game; first season without interception; missed 10 games next year with thigh injury. Still killed the game.
2004, Michael Vick: Fractured fibula one day after video game was released, missed 11 games; Pro Bowl next 2 seasons; mass-murdered puppies.
2003, Marshall Faulk: Ankle injury, missed two games, never rushed for 1,000 yards again.
2002, Daunte Culpepper: 4-7 record before season-ending knee injury. (damn that's tough)
2001, Eddie George: Career season, but fumbled in playoffs as top-seeded Titans lost first game to Ravens. 2000, Barry Sanders: RETIRED one week before training camp.
I say we put Ocho Cinco on next year's Madden Cover to even it out.