Tim Twentyman / The Detroit News
Ndamukong Suh has avoided the Madden curse.
The Lions defensive tackle lost to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first round of ESPN.com’s bracket-style competition, which will determine which player graces the cover of the newest installment of the popular video game “Madden NFL 12.”
Rodgers, a No. 1 seed in the bracket, got 72 percent of the vote and faces Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in the second round.
Appearing on the Madden cover is considered an honor for NFL players, but past cover boys also have experienced a decline in performance, usually due to an injury.