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The Rock Rolls Ankle, Delays Filming

The RockIt looks like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gave himself a time out earlier this week. According to E!Online, he ruptured his Achilles tendon during football practice for his role as a pro quarterback in the upcoming Disney comedy "The Game Plan."

In a statement, the studio announced that shooting - which was supposed to start next week - would be postponed until the former pro wrestler completes what is expected to be months of intensive rehab. He will undergo surgery tomorrow in Miami.

"The Game Plan" revolves around the story of a bachelor NFL quarterback (Johnson) who learns he has a seven-year-old daughter.

The film was supposed to shoot on location in Boston during the NFL's off-season, but now filmmakers will have to shoot crowd scenes at the Patriots' Gillette Stadium in Foxboro and Boston College's Alumni Stadium during off-weekends in October, when both teams are on the road.

This isn't the first time The Rock's football fantasies have been foiled by injury. Johnson received a full scholarship for football at the University of Miami (he played during a season they won a National Championship) and enjoyed a brief stint in the Canadian Football League. His NFL prospects crumbled in 1995 after he suffered a back injury.

There was no word how the hiatus may affect The Rock's upcoming film projects. He is set to star in "Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run" (a live-action adaptation of the classic Spy Hunter videogame) and is also attached to the comedy "Johnny Bravo."

He can next be seen in the upcoming sci-fi movie "Southland Tales" from "Donnie Darko" director Richard Kelly with Seann William Scott and Sarah Michelle Gellar, to be released later this year. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on June 22, 2006 4:03 PM
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