Hope is failed physical turns into a great thing for Jerome Harrison

Nobody has shed much light on the health of running back Jerome Harrison since his trade to the Philadelphia Eagles was voided for health reasons.

But the hope of everyone is that the physical he took – and failed – will lead to future health.

ESPN reported Harrison has a brain tumor and that is why the Detroit Lions’ trade for running back Ronnie Brown this week was voided. The medical condition was discovered when the Eagles put Harrison, who played for them last season, through a physical. Assuming the Eagles gave Harrison the same type of evaluation when they traded for him a little more than a year ago, it could be a relatively recent development for the player. Making assumptions, though, in matters like this can be dangerous.

Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer lays out the set of circumstances that led to the proposed trade, and ultimately may have been a great chain of events for Harrison. The Eagles declined to comment on Harrison because he remains a member of the Lions. Detroit listed Harrison on its injury report as out with an “illness.”

"It's a privacy issue, and I'm not going to comment on it," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "He's back on our 53-man roster."

Here’s hoping Harrison is healthy in the very near future.

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