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Oct212011

Jerome Harrison: NFL Trade Leads to Cancer Diagnosis

NFL Handout(DETROIT) -- A midseason trade may have saved NFL running back Jerome Harrison’s life.

Harrison, who was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles from the Detroit Lions, was undergoing a physical to seal the deal when doctors found a brain tumor, ESPN reported.

The surprise diagnosis, the details of which are still not known, voided the trade, but meant Harrison could start life-saving treatment.

The 28-year-old missed practice Thursday and will likely be out for the rest of the season. Harrison was scheduled for Friday afternoon surgery, according to the Detroit Free Press. He’s expected to get back in the game after kicking cancer, ESPN reported.

Lions teammates of Harrison told the Detroit Free Press that he had been experiencing headaches prior to the diagnosis, and that the problem worsened forcing Harrison to wear sunglasses during practices and later be fitted for a visor.

Harrison is not the first athlete to catch a lucky break and learn he had a hidden tumor. In July, 25-year-old golfer Chris Logan was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after he was hit in the head by a rogue golf ball at the AT&T National tournament in West Chester, Pa. After surgery and radioactive iodine treatment, Logan’s doctors say he’s cancer-free.

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