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Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:57 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

Earlier this week, Jerome Harrison's biggest problem was that the Lions had traded him to the Eagles for Ronnie Brown. But that soon became an afterthought when a routine physical revealed that Harrison had a brain tumor. The discovery nullified the trade, and on Friday, Harrison was set to undergo surgery.

According to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, head coach Jim Schwartz visited Harrison in the hospital Friday morning prior to the procedure.

"He was in very good spirits," Schwartz said. "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."

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reported Thursday that Harrison told the Eagles he was experiencing headaches. That prompted team physician Gary Dorshimer to order an MRI, which revealed the brain tumor.

Several Lions players told Birkett that Harrison had been complaining of headaches recently, to the point that he wore sunglasses on the practice field before being fitted with a tinted visor.

"Everybody thought it was just a regular headache," cornerback Chris Houston said. "It was much more than that."

"You don’t really think about a brain tumor," linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba added. "You think about maybe a hard hit to the head, migraine, maybe a few days to get back and clear your head up, but you see how serious it can be."

The Lions placed Harrison on the reserve/non-football illness list Friday, and signed Eldra Buckley as his replacement.

Birkett adds that "Buckley worked out for the Lions on Thursday and practiced with the No. 1 punt team [Friday]. He could be active if starting running back Jahvid Best is out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons."

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Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:28 pm

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

.........say a Prayer for this man.... 

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:18 pm

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

God Bless Harrison and his family!!!

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:40 am

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor


I COULD say "been there, done that", however, 30 years have passed now and I have had the opportunity to watch our boys grow up to be fine young men and now I await Grandchildren.

Hopefully, 30 years from now you, also, shall realize just how fortunate you ARE and how fortunate you are that the trade ( attempt ) occured................

Naturally, shall be thinking of you NOT as a former Cleveland Brown or former Detroit Lion - rather, I shall think of you always as a survivor!!

Best wishes to you and yours in ALL your future endeavors now !!!!

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:19 am

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

Personally I wasnt a fan of the trade that lead to the discovery of the tumor..However Im glad it was tried so that Mr Harrison was able to discover the tumor...Best of Luck Jerome...Detroit and the whole NFL worl is pulling for you....God speed...

Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:38 am

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

My father had a brain tumor removed two years ago.  He was already symptomatic when it was discovered (it was affecting his gait) and it was the size of a golf ball.  The good news: 2 years later, he is alive and doing well.  The bad news: b/c it was so large and was intertwined with many of his nerve cells, several nerve cells were damaged during the removal and as a result, he has lost the use of several motor skills.  That being said, I am thankful he is alive and wish Jerome Harrison the best.  It seems he was diagnosed early on so his prognosis will hopefully be good and he will be able to live a normal life.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:21 am

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

This is just another reminder that headache complaints shouldn't be brushed off. I hope things go well for him and he recovers quickly.

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:06 am

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

If Ronnie Brown doesn't have that horrible fumble vs the 49ers does this trade/physical even happen?  Ronnie Brown may be a hero.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:01 pm

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

Bless you Sir.A true inspiration with all the bad news lately.

Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:16 pm

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

As a brain cancer patient myself and with some research on the matter- I can not stress the importance of the type (grade) and location of the tumor as to the prognosis. I was fortunate in that mine was a grade 2 meningioma that did not "spider" - showed evidence of invasion into other parts of the brain. So my surgery involved basically peeling it from my brain and was followed up with a month of radiation treatment. Its been 6 years and no sign of recurrence. I pray Jerome has a similar result. It is ,regardless a very serious condition because the brain is involved and the fact that he was taken immediately for surgery perhaps shows cause for concern...of course that's pure speculation on my part.
There are many types and 4 grades of tumors. Again let's pray his has one of the more innocuous types.
God Bless Jerome. Get well soon. 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:02 pm

Jerome Harrison to have surgery for brain tumor

The Lions really need to step up their medical screenings for players if he was complaining as it is reported.  Every team around the NFL really needs to give full physicals at least once a month or three times a season (once before, once at the bye, once after the season MINIMUM).

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