Lions acquire RB Brown from Eagles

Lions pick up former No. 2 overall pick Ronnie Brown to help shore up offensive backfield.

The Detroit Lions have traded one former Philadelphia Eagle running back for another.

Prior to the league's 4 p.m. trade deadline on Tuesday, the Lions dealt little-used running back Jerome Harrison and a conditional 2013 draft choice to Philadelphia in exchange for veteran RB Ronnie Brown, according to's Aaron Wilson.

The acquisition of Brown helps shore up Detroit's offensive backfield, which was dealt a blow after starter Jahvid Best suffered from concussion-like symptoms after the team's loss to San Francisco on Sunday. Best hasn't been ruled out for next Sunday's tilt against Atlanta. The team already lost power runner Mikel Leshoure, a first-round pick in April, to an Achilles injury in August.

Harrison was originally a waiver-wire acquisition from Philadelphia at that time, but failed to make an impact on the team's active roster.

Brown, a former No. 2 overall pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2005, has had three seasons curbed due to injury, but did manage to start all 16 games for the Miami last season. He logged 734 yards on 200 carries in that time, rushing for five touchdowns and 3.7 yards per carry.

He signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract with Philadelphia during the off-season. In six games with the Eagles, he has managed just 38 yards on 13 carries and lost a fumble.

Brown shared backfield duties with veteran Ricky Williams during his six-year stint in Miami. His most productive year was during his sophomore campaign in which he tallied 1,008 yards on 241 carries (4.2 yards per attempt), to go along with five touchdowns.

The former Auburn standout should already be familiar with Detroit's playbook; Brown played under Detroit offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who served with the Dolphins in the same capacity in 2005.  

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