Kenny Wilkerson of WIST Radio in New Orleans reports that Drew Brees has been playing with a fracture and a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Wilkerson cites an “impeccable source,” and he claims that the information is “100 thousand-trillion-million percent” accurate.
Wilkerson also claims that, at times, the pain is causing Brees to make mistakes when calling or executing plays, citing unnamed sources in the offensive huddle.
Brees injured the knee back in Week 3, and the Saints referred to it only as a sprain, but are they covering up a bigger problem?
The Saints quarterback has been intercepted more this season than last but is still averaging 280 yards passing per game in the fifth-ranked passing attack in the NFL.
If Drew Brees goes down, does this continue the awful Madden curse, as when a player is put as the cover of the Madden video game he almost always becomes injured that season?
The 2001 MaddenNFL cover featured Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, who led his team to the Super Bowl the previous year. He was constantly hampered by multiple injuries and saw his rushing average sink to an all-time low.
The 2002 cover of Madden NFL featured Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who the previous year made his NFL debut and took his team to the NFC Championship Game. In 2001 the Vikings struggled, and then Culpepper missed the last five games with a knee injury.
The 2003 cover of Madden featured St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk, and during the next season he was bothered by an injured ankle as his rushing total dropped under the 1,000-yard mark after four straight seasons of 1,300 or more yards.
The 2004 cover of Madden NFL featured Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. The Falcons quarterback suffered a fractured right fibula in a preseason game one day after Madden NFL 2004 hit store shelves; he played in only five games that year.
The 2005 cover of Madden featured Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who did not record a single interception that season and sat out the final game with an injury as the Ravens just missed the playoffs. The next season he missed 10 games as he suffered a torn right hamstring.
The 2006 cover of Madden featured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. After he was selected for the 2006 Madden cover, McNabb said that the injuries associated with it “might be a trend, but I don’t believe in the curse at all.” McNabb suffered a sports hernia in the first game of the 2005 season and missed the final seven games of the season.
The 2007 cover of Madden NFL featured Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, who was fresh off a Super Bowl appearance. Three weeks into the 2006 season, Alexander broke his left foot and missed his team’s next six games.
The 2008 cover of Madden NFL featured Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Vince Young. The Titans quarterback hurt the quadriceps in his right leg during the Titans’ fifth game of the 2007 season and didn’t participate in Tennessee’s game against the Houston Texans the following week. Young’s problems extended off the field as his mental stability was questioned, and he would lose his job to Kerry Collins.
The 2009 cover of Madden NFL featured New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre, who was injured and continued to play while his team missed the playoffs. The next season he had his best year statistically at the age of 40, but his injuries sustained at the end of the season have caused him problems during the 2010 season.
If this news is true, the Madden curse may have just struck again, and this time there are no voodoo dolls involved.