As Philadelphia Eagles doctors were giving newly acquired running back Jerome Harrison his physical, they discovered a brain tumor that nullified a trade with the Detroit Lions, according to two league sources.
The trade might have actually saved Harrison’s life, the sources said. Without the deal being made, Harrison would not have undergone a physical. The tumor is now being treated, according to sources.
Harrison could not be reached for comment.
The Eagles would have sent running back Ronnie Brown to the Lions in exchange for Harrison and an undisclosed pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Brown arrived in Detroit but never got to practice Wednesday.
Harrison is not expected to play again this season, but his long-term prognosis both for life and his football career appear to be good, sources said. He is visiting with more doctors Thursday.
Something similar happened to a good friend and teammate of mine in high school. A bad leg bruise kept him out most of his senior season. With only a few games to go on, only Arizona State offered him a full football scholarship. And, at the time, Arizona State was one of the few teams in the nation that would give a chest x-ray to incoming freshman, where they discovered my friend had Hodgkin’s disease. Without that bruise, he wouldn’t have found the cancer for years.
He was back at school, and on the team, within the year and cancer free ever since (23 years now).