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BBAO: Lions short at RB after voided trade

10/20/2011

We're Black and Blue All Over:

As you might have heard Wednesday night, the Detroit Lions' trade for Philadelphia Eagles running back Ronnie Brown has been voided because running back Jerome Harrison, whom the Lions packaged as part of the compensation for Brown, failed his physical with the Eagles.

Harrison's exact condition is unknown. He was not on the Lions' most recent injury report, and he remains on their roster. Brown reverts to the Eagles. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Lions worked out four free-agent running backs earlier this week: James Davis, Charles Scott, Chauncey Washington, and DeShawn Wynn. Davis signed to the Lions' practice squad.

It was never clear if Brown was destined to become a significant part of the Lions' offense or if he was going to be a spot player behind Jahvid Best, Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams. Best's concussion remains an issue and could hold him out of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but Morris seemed next in line regardless.

It is clear, however, that the Lions aren't thrilled with their backfield depth as they approach the midpoint of the season.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • The Lions have a "gaping" hole in the backfield, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Justin Rogers of Mlive.com examines the circumstances around Best's concussion.

  • Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "It's simplistic to say the Lions won't accept being pushed around anymore. In fact, it's so simplistic, I'm gonna say it."

  • Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reveals what Green Bay Packers receivers are doing to penalize each other for dropped passes.

  • Packers linebacker Frank Zombo (knee) should be able to return to the lineup in a few weeks, notes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks back at the Packers' performances against the Vikings without left tackle Chad Clifton.

  • Dam Pompei of the Chicago Tribune on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's in-game profanity Sunday night: "The message Cutler really sends -- to his coaches, his teammates, his opponent and the public -- is that he lacks respect and self control. Cutler doesn't have to agree with the call, or how it was made, but he does have to show courtesy to the people and the process. That's not football, that's life."

  • Jovial Bears defensive lineman Anthony Adams said he plans to "mess with" some Royal Guards during the team's trip to London. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has more.

  • Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times: "First of all, every team gives their linemen help. I thought we had a good game plan. It's not like, all of a sudden, 'The Bears' offensive line is so bad that they need all this help.' It's that, we haven't been giving them help, so now we're giving them help, it helps settle things down and build their confidence, and gives them a chance to hang in there and not jump the count."

  • Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune looks at the Minnesota Vikings' history of quarterback demotions.

  • Vikings coach Leslie Frazier went out of his way to say he is not giving up on 2011, notes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton hopes to have a Vikings stadium recommendation in place by Nov. 7, allowing for three weeks of hearings and public debate before a potential special session of the state legislature on Nov. 21. Doug Belden of the Pioneer Press explains.

  • The NFL won't stand in the way of the Vikings seeking alternative cities if their lease expires in February without a stadium agreement. Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com explains.