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Raiders Madden 11 Rating Goes Limp

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 14: President of Electronic Arts Sports (EA Sports) Peter Moore introduces the new Madden 2011 football game at an EA press briefing ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Orpheum Theater June 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Quarterback Drew Brees is featured on the cover of the game. The annual video game trade conference and show at the Los Angeles Convention center runs from June 15-17. (Photo by Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

    The Madden NFL '11 video game is meant to resemble real NFL football down to the tiniest of details. Updates are sent out constantly, as game developers at EA headquarters in Foster City madly program changes to reflect all the injuries, roster changes, promotions, and demotions from every single NFL practice.

    Well Mr. Darrius Heyward-Bey, they noticed you took four days off for fatigue last week. And they took you to the statistical woodshed for doing so.

    Madden 11 Simplified

    [BAY] Madden 11 Simplified
    Madden NFL 11 features a new play calling system designed to give you more time on the field and less time stuck in the playbook. (Published Monday, Aug 9, 2010)

    The Oakland Raiders' second-year receiver was issued a very harsh markdown in the Madden '11 universe, according to a complete list provided by video game blog Pasta Padre. Heyward-Bey's Stamina rating was downgraded by nine points, taking DHB from an 88 to a 79 in that department.

    It cannot possibly help you with the ladies when your stamina is so publicly questioned.

    The only other NFL player served with the extreme indignity of a nine-point drop was Houston Texans' receiver Trindon Holliday. Holliday muffed a punt and dropped a kickoff to earn that downgrade.

    It's not all bad news in virtual Madden Raiderland. Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley's overall rating was upgraded two points, from an 82 to an 84.

    And if you've got Madden '11, you can use the new update to make that critical switch from Charlie Frye to Kyle Boller.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who only found out through Madden '11 updates that Justin Fargas become a frickin' Bronco.