Ronnie Brown yet to show in Detroit after Jerome Harrison trade
Ronnie Brown is a member of the Detroit Lions, right?
A trade with Philadelphia for Jerome Harrison and an undisclosed pick in the 2013 draft was announced by the Eagles on Tuesday, but the Lions have yet to officially confirm the swap of the two running backs.
There is no mention of Brown on the team's website (Harrison is listed on the rosters on both teams' sites, while Brown is on neither). And Brown was not present at the start of the Lions' practice Wednesday, when reporters had access to the field.
But there is one person within the Detroit organization who is acknowledging the addition of Brown and that is Coach Jim Schwartz, obviously a pretty reliable source.
Schwartz talked about the acquisition of Brown earlier in the day during a conference call with Atlanta-area reporters ahead of the Lions' home game against the Falcons on Sunday. He said Brown should have no trouble catching on to the Detroit offense because he's a veteran player who worked with Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan in Miami.
Brown was considered to be one of the Eagles' so-called Dream Team acquisitions during the off-season, but has just 38 yards on 13 attempts with no touchdowns and one fumble (on an embarrassing backward pass at the goal line against the San Francisco 49ers).
Harrison has rushed for 41 yards on 14 attempts this season.
— Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Photo: Philadelphia Eagles (now Detroit Lions) running back Ronnie Brown fumbles against San Francisco. Credit: Julio Cortez / Associated Press