PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Ronnie Brown #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball past Sergio Kindle #94 of the Baltimore Ravens during their preseason game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Lions Trade For Ronnie Brown Voided Because Of Jerome Harrison Brain Tumor

The Lions tried to acquire Ronnie Brown at the NFL trade deadline, but the trade was voided because Jerome Harrison, who was set to be sent to the Eagles, has a brain tumor.

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Eagles Reportedly Found Brain Tumor During Jerome Harrison Physical

News broke on Wednesday that the trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions that would send Jerome Harrison and a 2013 draft pick to Philly in exchange for running back Ronnie Brown would be voided. The Eagles reportedly found injury issues with Harrison that weren't previously disclosed by the Lions, and after Detroit declined to comment, most were wondering if they had attempted to send "damaged goods" to the Eagles.

Now it appears that it's something the Lions weren't even aware of themselves - not to mention Harrison, who himself depended on the Philadelphia physical to find out - that he reportedly has a brain tumor, according to a Tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Without trade, Jerome Harrison doesn't get physical. Without physical, doctors don't find brain tumor. Trade might have saved his life.    

At this point, it stops being about a voided trade and much more about a serious, serious injury. The Lions face some serious issues at the running back position heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but right now the focus should be on figuring out what exactly is wrong with Harrison and the steps that can be taken to correct them.

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Ronnie Brown 'Lost For Words' Regarding Trade Between Eagles And Lions Being Canceled

Ronnie Brown has had a rather up and down last 30 hours, give or take. In that regard, fans will have to excuse him for being “lost for words” when asked to comment about his trade from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Detroit Lions falling through.

On Tuesday, following the NFL trade deadline, Brown noted that he was excited that the Lions had acquired the running back in exchange for Jerome Harrison and a future seventh round pick.

“I’m excited about it,” Brown said. “Obviously, I think I have an opportunity to play, which is always good, and that’s my goal, to be able to be a part of something and feel like you’re a part of it and actually go in and contribute a little bit.”

Just hours — and a failed Harrison physical — later, however, Brown’s reaction was much different.

Dave Birkett, the Lions beat writer for the Detroit Free Press, tweeted that Brown was “lost for words” regarding the trade being null and void through no fault of his own.

One has to wonder how the Lions front office feels about this, too, as they essentially apparently sent damaged good to the Eagles in exchange for what probably would have been Jahvid Best’s replacement this week if he’s out due to injury.

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Ronnie Brown Trade To Lions From Eagles Voided, According To Adam Schefter

The Ronnie Brown trade to the Detroit Lions from the Philadelphia Eagles has been voided, apparently, despite the fact that the running back said he was excited about the move to Michigan. The move was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The deal, which would have sent Brown to the Eagles in return for Jerome Harrison and a seventh round pick, has been voided due to health issues with Harrison. Harrison's last appearance on the field for the Lions was in their overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings on October 2.

Earlier Wednesday, it was reported on SB Nation Detroit that Brown missed practice as they were waiting on the trade to become official.

Still apparently waiting for the trade to be official and complete in every way, Brown was not on the practice field on Wednesday, which led to Maurice Morris getting the bulk of the reps as Jahvid Best is out with a concussion. Brown is expected to contribute in short-yardage situations and would likely end up taking over the backup role, but with the trade coming on Tuesday and him being unable to practice on Wednesday, it will likely be a role he has to grow into.

With the health of Jahvid Best still in doubt, it remains to be seen what this means for the Lions backfield. As of now, however, Morris is probably the lead back -- especially if Harrison isn't healthy enough to play.

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Ronnie Brown Trade: New Lions Running Back Excited To Play In Detroit

Ronnie Brown is excited to be a Detroit Lion. And why not?

The trade sent Brown from last place in the NFC East with the floundering 2-4 Philadelphia Eagles to the feel-good Lions, whose 5-1 record is tied for the second-best in the NFL, behind only the undefeated, defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

"I’m excited about it," Brown told the Free Press. "Obviously, I think I have an opportunity to play, which is always good, and that’s my goal, to be able to be a part of something and feel like you’re a part of it and actually go in and contribute a little bit."

First-string running back Jahvid Best suffered a concussion in Week 6 in a 25-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and Brown provides depth at running back for the Lions, who are primed to make a run at the playoffs after having not reached the postseason since 1999. Best’s status for Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons is currently unknown, but Brown, who played for Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for one season with the Miami Dolphins, offers a familiar and sturdy option in the backfield regardless.

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