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EA Sports' latest cover star goes down to injury a week before launch

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Rory McIlroy, the new star of EA Sports' golf franchise, is well on the way to being the latest victim of a cover curse.

McIlroy said he ruptured a ligament in his ankle playing soccer, not golf, over the weekend, severely threatening his availability for the The Open Championship next week at St. Andrews, Scotland. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour's release date is July 14, the Tuesday before the opening round of golf's third major tournament on the calendar.

Speculation on McIlroy's recovery is all over the map, with medical professionals saying it could take 10 days to two weeks before he's in playable shape. A spokesperson for McIlroy pegs it at a 10 percent probability he plays in Scotland next week.

McIlroy is the defending Open champion and the world's current No. 1 golfer. This year he replaces Tiger Woods in EA Sports' golf franchise, concluding Woods' 16-year run with the series. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is not an annual series like its predecessor and will feature just eight real-life courses on the disc, though EA Sports has promised free content updates for it after it launches.

For more on Rory McIlroy PGA Toursee Polygon's preview from E3 2015.

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