The trade was voided and the Cougar All-American has been listed on the Lions’ reserve list with a non-football injury since then.
Surgery to remove the tumor was successful, but other than a comment from his agent last May that Harrison was “progressing” with his recovery, no news had surfaced on his condition. That is until his former Cleveland Browns teammate, Josh Cribbs, was knocked unconscious last week against Baltimore.
Discussing his family’s concern over his own health, Cribbs gave a disturbing update on Harrison’s condition.
“I still go over to his house every now and then and talk to him,” Cribbs told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He's doing pretty bad. He's in and out of the hospital with seizures."
In 2009, Cribbs bore witness to one of the greatest single performances in Browns history, when Harrison rushed for 286 yards in Week 15, breaking the legendary Jim Brown’s franchise record and posting the third-highest single ground game in NFL history.
Harrison wasn't a one-game wonder, either. He followed up that big day by rushing for 148 and 127 yards in weeks 16 and 17, respectively. His three-game total: a jaw-dropping 561 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Despite an 862-yard campaign in ‘09, Harrison was never dubbed “the man” in Cleveland and was dealt to Philadelphia after just four games in 2010. Swapped to Detroit for the 2011 season, he appeared in just four games for the Lions before being traded (temporarily) back to the Eagles where the fateful discovery of his brain tumor occurred.
Here’s how the rest of the NFL Cougs performed in Week Five:
Erik Coleman, S, Detroit, 9th season: Did not play; bye week.
Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 4th season: Posted one special teams tackle in the Saints’ 31-24 win against San Diego.
Eric Frampton, S, Dallas, 6th season: Did not play; bye week.
Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 4th season: The Puyallup native caught three passes for 33 yards in the Rams’ 17-3 win against Arizona on Thursday.
Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 21st season: Did not play, bye week.
Jerome Harrison, RB, Detroit, 7th season: Did not play; officially listed on the Lions’ reserve/non-football injury list.
Jason Hill, WR, New York Jets, 6 th season: Although just signed last week, Hill was activated for the Jets’ Monday night tilt with Houston. He made one catch for 10 yards in their 23-17 loss to the Texans.
Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, 3rd season: Activated for the first time this season, but no recorded stats from the Saints’ defeat of the Chargers.
Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 13th season: The Vancouver native’s 31-yard field goal accounted for all of the Bills’ scoring in their 45-3 fall to San Francisco.
Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Kansas City, 4th season: The Tacoma native was declared inactive with a bum elbow in the Chiefs’ 9-6 loss to Baltimore.
Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 10th season: The Tacoma native was a game-time decision due to an aching back, but assisted on a crucial goal line stand tackle late in the Seahawks 16-12 victory against Carolina.
Zack Williams, G, Carolina, 2nd season: Did not play; assigned to Panthers’ practice squad.