A life-saving trade for Jerome Harrison

October, 20, 2011
10/20/11
1:19
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Not two minutes after I published this post on the future of one Detroit Lions running back, ESPN's Adam Schefter broke a stunning story about another.

According to Schefter, veteran Jerome Harrison was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this week during a routine physical to approve his trade to the Philadelphia Eagles. The discovery prompted the Eagles to void the trade, and Harrison is now undergoing treatment.

We don't know any details of Harrison's condition or prognosis, but it's safe to say the tumor wouldn't have been discovered if he hadn't been included in the Eagles' compensation for running back Ronnie Brown. Harrison is on the Lions' active roster for the moment, but you would have to assume his treatment will take precedence over playing football at this point.

I'll bring you more details as they are reported, including how the Lions will deal with their current depth at the position. For now, however, we should all take a moment to accept the randomness of this world. Who would have thought that the NFL trade deadline could be responsible for saving a life?

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