madden10The 2009 season got underway tonight in Pittsburgh, where the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Tennessee Titans. What a way to kick-off the season with the Steelers getting a win in overtime, 13-10. Unfortunately, although they won the game, the Steelers might have lost.

With about three minutes left in the first half of the season opener, Titans TE Alge Crumpler fell on Steelers All-Pro Safety Troy Polamalu’s left knee when Polamalu was trying to scoop up a blocked field goal attempt.

After the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that it appeared to be a sprained MCL and that an injury like this could sideline a player anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. When asked if the injury could be worse, Tomlin said,

“I’m sure there’s a possibility of it, but I don’t have any concrete evidence that there is anything more than that.”

Do you believe in the Madden Curse?

Here we go again!

Every year, a player gets selected to appear on the cover of the popular EA Sports game Madden NFL Football. This year, on the cover of Madden 10, EA Sports wanted to shake things up by putting not one, but two players on the cover. That’s right, you guessed it, Troy Polamalu is one of them. The other?

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

What must be going through Fitzgerald’s mind right now. Fitzgerald is entering his 6th season in the NFL, and he has only missed 4 games due to injury in his previous 5 years. I do not wish harm on any player in the NFL, but if Fitzgerald was to get hurt and miss a significant amount of playing time, could one not argue that it was due to his appearance on the cover of Madden 10? I guarantee you, the folks at EA Sports are hoping Larry Fitgerald gets through the season without incident. Although he would not admit it, I bet Larry is hoping for the same thing.

This is all speculation, of course, as we do not know the extent of Polamalu’s injury. However, I think EA Sports is going to be hard pressed to get players to grace the covers of their game in years to come.