Jerome Harrison was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, and he thought that his career as a running back in the NFL may be rejuvenated. Shocks were felt all over the place when the trade was voided and Harrison was sent back to the Lions due to the assessment of a doctor.
Harrison failed a physical with Philadelphia, and no-one could figure out exactly how that had happened. Team doctors for the Eagles had come forth and revealed that the running back had a brain tumor.
That proposed trade and failed physical may have actually been the things that saved Jerome Harrison’s life.
Surgery was performed and the tumor was removed, but Harrison hasn’t played since, and it appears as if he may never do so again.
Josh Cribbs, Harrison’s former teammate with the Cleveland Browns, recently said that the two are still friends. Sadly, Cribbs said that the health of Harrison has declined and hasn’t improved since surgery.
Cribbs says that Harrison is actually suffering through post-tumor seizures, which are known to happen in situations such as this. There is the fear that this type of medical condition could happen to any player in the NFL, especially those that suffer a concussion or some type of head injury.
That’s exactly what happened to Cribbs in week four when he suffered a bad concussion against the Baltimore Ravens.
“(My wife) wants me to be seen by another specialist,” Cribbs said to MLive.com. “She wants me to get a CAT scan, especially with what happened to (Harrison).”
It was then that Cribbs revealed just how bad things had gotten for Harrison. While it was hoped that the surgery and removal of the tumor would help Harrison see some improvement, things actually went from bad to worse.
“I still go over to his house every now and then and talk to him. He’s doing pretty bad. He’s in and out of the hospital with seizures. They just don’t want the same thing to happen to me.”
A number of players have already suffered concussions during the 2012 NFL season besides Cribbs. Players like Darrius Heyward-Bey of the Oakland Raiders received a horribly violent hit a couple weeks ago, and had to be carted off the field, but that’s only one more example from this short season so far.
The NFL is indeed doing more to watch out for player safety, and especially in the way of concussions. Still, there is no way to completely protect against them and eliminate concussion issues in a sport where the head receives almost constant contact.
Even with the concussion, Cribbs is expecting to step out onto the field on Sunday and play for the Browns against the New York Giants. He says he is doing fine at this point even though his family hopes for more neurological tests to be for his own benefit.
Jerome Harrison was not fortunate enough to return to the game of football, and it is sad that his condition has worsened. It can only be the hope of everyone that things do improve for him and that he at least begins to get better.
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