Wednesday, as the trade deadline loomed for the NFL, the Detroit Lions made a deal. They sent running back Jerome Harrison to the Philadelphia Eagles for fellow veteran back and one-time NFL star Ronnie Brown.
Unfortunately, the Lions announced late Wednesday night that the trade was cancelled due to a failed physical. A pre-existing health problem by Jerome Harrison cancelled the pending deal for a solid backup running back.
Yet, this could be a blessing in disguise for the Lions. Brown seemed to already be a washed up running back, while Harrison did star as a solid backup for the Eagles last season.
The Lions will be just fine, though, without Brown. The backup job to Javhid Best is already Maurice Morris' to lose, while little-used Keiland Williams will jump into the short yardage role if Best cannot play this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Not many Lions fans will miss Brown, who was in Detroit for only a few hours, and really wouldn't receive much playing time here anyways. The reasons why the Lions will be fine without Brown are as follows.