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Report: Lions' Jerome Harrison has brain tumor

October 21, 2011 | 12:04 pm

Detroit Lions placed running back Jerome Harrison on the reserve list after reports said he has a brain tumor.
The Detroit Lions placed running back Jerome Harrison on the reserve/non-football-illness list Friday, a day after news surfaced that he failed his physical with the Philadelphia Eagles because of a brain tumor.

The tumor was reportedly discovered when Harrison received a physical Wednesday after being traded to the Eagles this week. The trade was voided after Harrison's medical issues were revealed.

Unidentified league sources told ESPN that the trade may have saved Harrison's life because without the exam, the tumor might have gone undetected.

Harrison is not expected to return to the NFL this season, but ESPN, citing the league sources, reported that his "long-term prognosis both for life and his football career appear to be good."

Lions Coach Jim Schwartz declined to confirm or deny the reports, citing privacy issues.

Cornerback Eric Wright tweeted Thursday night that he was visiting Harrison in the hospital. "Chilling at the hospital wit JC ... This dude is a beast," he wrote. "This dude got me rolling right now.. Smh he gone be juuusst fine.. #Blessings."


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Photo: Jerome Harrison. Credit: Rick Osentoski / Associated Press