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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Ray Rice knocked out of 'Madden 13' vote

By Jamison Hensley

Lost in a busy day for the AFC North -- the Steelers retained Jerricho Cotchery and the Bengals signed Terence Newman -- was the news that Ravens running back Ray Rice was knocked out of the Madden 13 cover vote.

Rice put up a good fight against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, earning 45 percent of the vote. He was the last player from the division remaining in the tournament-style contest.

So there goes the dream of the AFC North repeating on the Madden cover. Cleveland's Peyton Hillis was the face of Madden last year. Wait, considering what happened to Hillis, maybe it's good news for Rice that he didn't advance. Like Hillis, he could've ended up with strep throat or getting married in Arkansas. For all of my Razorback readers, you know I was joking about the last part.

The Final Four for the cover this year are: Rodgers, Cam Newton, Patrick Willis and Calvin Johnson. I'm still thinking Rodgers is going to take this one.