Reports: Harrison has surgery to remove brain tumor


by KREM 2 Sports

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 21 at 4:42 PM

UPDATE -- 10/21/11

DETROIT -- The Detroit Free Press reports that former Washington State running back Jerome Harrison had surgery to remove a brain tumor on Friday.

According to the article, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz visited Harrison at the hospital.

"He was in very good spirits," Schwartz told the Free Press. "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."

Harrison was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list. He's done for the season, but ESPN reports the outlook on Harrison's health and playing career are both good.

Original Story -- 10/20/11

DETROIT -- There are several published reports that former Washington State running back Jerome Harrison has a brain tumor.

Harrison was traded by the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, but doctors reportedly discovered the tumor during his physical. That voided the deal that would have sent him to Philadelphia for the second straight season. 

According to reports, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't discuss Harrison's health during his meeting with the media on Thursday. But, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other news sources have confirmed the news.

ESPN, which first reported the diagnosis, says Harrison's outlook for his health and playing career are both good.

Professional athletes are starting to share their thoughts on Twitter, including Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino:

"Wanted to send a well wishes to Jerome Harrison....not the news u wanted to hear bro but #staystrong and all the best! #muchlove," Victorino posted on Thursday afternoon.

Harrison has seen limited action for the Lions this season, registering just 14 carries for 41 yards.