Ronnie Brown takes trade breakdown in stride

Posted Oct. 24, 2011 @ 3:50 p.m.
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By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ronnie Brown was back with the Eagles after a whirlwind bye week.

While his teammates enjoyed time off, Brown was busy shuttling around. He was traded from Philadelphia to Detroit last Tuesday in a deal that sent fellow RB Jerome Harrison to the Eagles. But the deal was rescinded when Harrison failed his physical, so Brown returned.

Harrison was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and a Lions teammate confirmed he already had surgery.

"I'm just glad that he found out his situation before it could turn into anything a couple of weeks down the road," Brown said Monday. "That's always good that he found that out and got that taken care of. So I'm excited about that."

A former second overall pick, Brown has been a disappointment in Philadelphia. He's only had 13 carries for 38 yards, and he committed a costly fumble near the goal line in a 24-23 loss to San Francisco earlier in the month.

Since that turnover, Brown has dropped below rookie Dion Lewis and starter LeSean McCoy on the depth chart. McCoy is fourth in the NFC with 569 yards rushing and is second with eight touchdowns.

"It's tough," Brown said. "I was looking forward to more opportunities when I got here, but given the situation, knowing that this is a passing offense and the way things are run ... I guess there's not enough opportunities to go around for everybody."

Brown was one of several high-profile players the Eagles acquired before the season. The moves haven't paid off. The Eagles are 2-4 heading into Sunday night's game against Dallas (3-3).

Brown went home to Atlanta after coach Andy Reid gave the Eagles a week off. He hurried off to Detroit after the trade, practiced with the Lions on Wednesday and was in the middle of game planning when the deal was voided.

"There were going to be more opportunities out there in Detroit for me, more carries than I would have gotten here," Brown said. "But it happens, it's over with and you move on."

Brown was drafted by Miami and went to the Pro Bowl in 2008. He rushed for 4,815 yards and 36 touchdowns and caught 184 passes for 1,491 yards with the Dolphins.

"I'm just trying to keep it professional," he said. "I'm here. I'm a Philadelphia Eagle. Given an opportunity, whatever I'm supposed to do, I'm going to do that to a level of professionalism. If I'm expected to be in a meeting or whatever, I'm going to do things the way they're supposed to be done, and everything will take care of themselves."

Brown may not get a chance to contribute on the field, but he's doing his part to help in the community. He'll speak to students at South Philadelphia High School on Tuesday about stopping youth violence.

"Fortunately for us who are on this level, we have an opportunity and a chance to touch people's lives outside of what we do on the football field," Brown said. "It's really an initiative that's pointed at stopping youth violence. It started when I was in Miami with all of the stuff that was happening in the schools with some shootings and all those things.

"You never want to see that kind of stuff. No matter what background you're from or what kind of struggles you've had in your life, you can always overcome them and that's good."

NOTES: DE Brandon Graham practiced for the first time since injuring his knee against Dallas last Dec. 12. Graham, the first-round pick last year, had surgery for a torn ACL and microfracture surgery. "I feel a lot better than I expected," Graham said. ... DE Trent Cole (calf) and LT Jason Peters (hamstring) also returned to practice after missing two games each.

 

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