The dreaded Madden curse won't lurk in Northeast Ohio this year.
Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been eliminated from the online fan voting that will determine the cover athlete for the "Madden NFL 13" video game.
Haden, who was seeded 16th in the 32-man bracket, fell in his showdown against top-seeded Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who received 79 percent of the vote. The results of the first round were revealed today.
Last year, former Browns running back Peyton Hillis won the online voting and appeared on the cover of “Madden NFL 12.” Hillis said he believed the Madden curse contributed to his disappointing 2011 season. Two weeks ago, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.