Detroit Lions running back Jerome Harrison was scheduled to undergo surgery Yesterday (Oct. 21) for a brain tumor that was discovered during a routine physical after he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.
During Harrison’s physical, the 28-year-old Michigan native had apparently complained of headaches to the Eagles team internist, Dr. Gary Dorshimer, which led the doctor to order an MRI. Results from the scan revealed a brain tumor, which necessitated prompt surgery.
“Everybody thought it was just a regular headache,” said Lions cornerback Chris Houston. “It was much more than that.”
Following the discovery of the Tumor, Jerome’s trade to the Eagles was nullified and he was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list by Lions Coach Jim Schwartz.
Schwartz, who visited Harrison at the hospital Friday morning, said of his player:
“He was in very good spirits. But after that, I don’t know if I want to talk too much. It’s one of those things, it’s a non-football thing, and I’ll just let him take it away from that spot.”
There were no reports on whether the tumor is benign or malignant. Harrison’s tumor is being treated, and his long-term prospects are good. He is not expected to return to action this year.
Harrison, who was traded in 2010 from the Browns to the Eagles and who signed with the Lions as a free agent in 2011, has 1,681 career rushing yards. In 2009, he rushed for 561 yards in a three game period, which is the highest three-game total in NFL history.