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Jerome Harrison’s season officially ends; Lions sign Buckley

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The early word about Lions running back Jerome Harrison’s brain tumor is that doctors caught it early. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has indicated that Harrison’s long-term prognosis is good.

In the short term, Harrison obviously won’t be playing football. The Lions officially placed him on the non-football injury list Friday.

They signed former Eagles running back Eldra Buckley to take his place on the roster.  Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams should split the Lions workload Sunday.

The NFI designation gives the Lions the discretion not to pay Harrison, but there is no reason to think they would do that. It would be an extremely unpopular decision in the locker room and throughout the league.

We wish Harrison all the best in his treatment and recovery.

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25 Responses to “Jerome Harrison’s season officially ends; Lions sign Buckley”
  1. phillychzstk2012 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:17 AM

    good luck with Buckley..he cant run if his life depended on it it. the only reason he made the Eagles roster the past few years is because he is a solid special teams guy. i’ve seen Eldra fail to get into the endzone from the 1 yard line more times than i can count. he just isnt a good RB. he wont be an upgrade over any other back.

  2. choice1329 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:22 AM

    I wish Jerome has a speedy recovery, and I also hope the Lions continue to pay him.

  3. motorcitykitties says: Oct 21, 2011 11:23 AM

    The Ford family is a class act, there is no chance they don’t pay Harrison. Get well.

  4. warrenmoon says: Oct 21, 2011 11:24 AM

    I will always love this guy for what he did to the Chiefs.

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:27 AM

    remember when he had that 200 yard game w the browns. He isnt the best by any means but lets hope he can suit up again

  6. urfinished says: Oct 21, 2011 11:28 AM

    All the luck in the world to you Mr. Harrison.
    God bless.

  7. cmutimmah says: Oct 21, 2011 11:31 AM

    Best wishes to Jerome in his recovery. While it’s a bummer my Lions missed out on Brown, I’m extremely happy that this whole thing might have saved Jerome’s life.

    They will pay him, not to be perceived as classy, but just to do the right thing period.

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 21, 2011 11:34 AM

    Terrell Buckley?

  9. jacksaysfu says: Oct 21, 2011 11:36 AM

    Tiki’s career is officially over !

  10. jfrogwi says: Oct 21, 2011 11:37 AM

    I wouldn’t fault the Lions at all if they choose to not pay his salary going forward. It is a non-football injury. That said, they certainly can and it would be a nice thing to do.

    However, they are definitely on the hook for the health care costs, and that will likely be expensive.

  11. klunge says: Oct 21, 2011 11:38 AM

    I guess the Leos are simply determined to get some RB that played for the Eagles.

  12. basexc9 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:51 AM

    Tiki was flabbergasted at the Lion’s refusal to try him out.

  13. gosuhgo says: Oct 21, 2011 11:57 AM

    Good luck to Jerome, awful news. I really wish the Lions would get in the mix for a better back though..like Tiki.

  14. cosanostra71 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:00 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted

  15. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:01 PM

    Lotta trash-talking on these posts, but even Jets and Steeler fans can probably wish Harrison a safe recovery.

  16. jakek2 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:03 PM

    Buckley over Portis, Westbrook, Larry Johnson and even Teek? Sounds to me…back to the same ol’ Lions

  17. sah0620 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:19 PM

    Darn, I thought they had signed Terrell Buckley.

  18. briank1ne says: Oct 21, 2011 12:25 PM

    Harrison…this is a blessing in disguise. I wish you only the best. It funny how being a football fan of a certain team ( i myself am a niners fan) all gets put aside for real life tribulations. In the end we are all on the same squad. God bless you.

  19. drednot says: Oct 21, 2011 1:08 PM

    Get well soon!!

    I wonder what kind of test they ran to discover it in the first place?

  20. hatesycophants says: Oct 21, 2011 1:08 PM

    Best to Harrison and his family.

    Some you people are just plain a-holes. Enjoy that!

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  21. stanmackley says: Oct 21, 2011 1:16 PM

    “All the luck in the world to you Mr. Harrison.
    God bless.”
    this got 3 thumbs down. good job tards.

  22. macatawami says: Oct 21, 2011 1:46 PM

    The Ford family paid Matt Millen for years after he showed he was incapable of performing his job, so I would imagine they would at least do the same for Harrison.

    Best wishes for his recovery.

  23. terrellblowens says: Oct 21, 2011 1:55 PM

    The Tiki is flabbergasted jokes got old months ago

  24. wingz101 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:23 PM

    Buckley was reported to be practicing with the the Special Teams first unit. I would guess he won’t see much time at RB, as is the case with most third stringers.

    The Lions have had some poor tackling on ST lately, so he could help. My guess is they are waiting to see what Keiland Williams and Morris do on Sunday before seeking more veteran help.

    Keep in mind they have a weak Denver team after that, then a Bye after this week so Best has almost three weeks to rest.

    Williams could be the wild card here. He was pretty decent in Washington last year.

  25. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Oct 21, 2011 10:52 PM

    What happened to Tiki?

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