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."
After suffering their first loss of the season last week over the 49ers, the Detroit Lions look to bounce back as they prepare to battle the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Jason Horowitz welcomes NFL.com's Pat Kirwan to take a look at this matchup. Also: don't forget to check out the Pregame: Falcons-Lions edition.
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