Just heard that Shaun Alexander was out with a broken foot this past week. Ever hear of the Madden Curse? It’s struck yet again! Here’s a clip from a Seattle Times article that shows every cover athelete since they started the tradition has gotten injured or had the worst season ever. I’m telling you, this is starting to get ugly.

Add Shaun Alexander to the list of athletes injured the year they appear on the cover of the popular “Madden” football video game, as what began as a coincidence has come to be characterized as a curse.

Alexander is the sixth consecutive athlete featured on the cover to suffer an injury that forced him to miss at least one game.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Chris Erb, who is the director of marketing for EA Sports. “We work so close with these athletes, and we root for them to succeed.”

Erb has more than a simple rooting interest in Alexander. Erb is from Seattle, attended Washington, and was at Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, having flown here to watch the Huskies on Saturday and the Seahawks on Sunday.

“Both personally and for work,” Erb said. “I’m really bummed to see Shaun go down.”

Alexander has been diagnosed with a fracture in his left foot. He is out indefinitely. He said this offseason that he didn’t believe in curses and wasn’t superstitious.

“Curse or no curse, everybody, and I mean everybody, wants to be on that cover,” Alexander told The Times. “I don’t know one person that would say no.”