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The Raiders weren't the only team that had needs to fill today though. The 5-1 Lions acquired Ronnie Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Jerome Harrison and an undisclosed draft pick in 2013 as they prepare to potentially be without the services of Jahvid Best (concussion). Harrison had appeared in four games for the Lions this season amassing just 41 yards on 14 carries and catching 1 pass for 3 yards. It's not like Brown was lighting it up though. Despite running for over 4800 yards in his 6 seasons with Miami, Brown's 2011 numbers are about the same as Harrison's: 13 carries, 38 yards, 0 receptions. Brown also had an awful fumble in the red zone against San Francisco (see the picture below - not a pass play) that helped contribute to the Eagles abysmal start. The trade is now an opportunity for both backs to start fresh. Ironically, this is the second year in a row that Harrison has been traded to the Eagles. Last year, Philadelphia acquired him from Cleveland. Kind of makes you wonder. If they liked him enough to trade for him TWICE, how come they didn't just resign him? Anyhow, it remains to be seen if Brown or Maurice Morris will get the bulk of the work if Best needs to miss any time which at this point seems likely.
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Finally, in a non-trade today the Minnesota Vikings announced that Christian Ponder, the 12th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, will make his first start this coming Sunday. The Florida State alum is literally getting thrown right into the fire though as the Vikings take on unbeaten Green Bay this week. However, it's not like he can do much worse than what Donovan McNabb was doing. The 34 year old veteran ranked 29th in passing touchdowns and 26th in passing yards while leading the Vikings to a 1-5 start. Ponder debuted last week against the Bears and was 9 for 17 for 99 yards.
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