"I flew from here Monday night to Atlanta, then I got the call [about the trade] on Tuesday, so I had to grab some stuff because all my stuff was here," he said, a weary smile always on his face. "I left Wednesday morning [to Detroit], then got back to Atlanta Wednesday night."
The knowledge Brown is now carrying with him isn't from a new playbook, which he was in the midst of learning when told the deal was void, but rather that his employer tried to wash its hands of him.
"I'm just trying to keep it professional," Brown said after the team's practice session. "I'm here and I'm a Philadelphia Eagle. When I'm given an opportunity, whatever I'm supposed to do, I'm going to do that with a level of professionalism. If I'm expected to be in a meeting or whatever, I'm going to do whatever is supposed to be done. Everything happens for a reason, and things will all take care of themselves."
Now, somehow, the man who appears to have lost his job as LeSean McCoy's backup to rookie Dion Lewis must find a way to become the productive back the team envisioned when it signed him as a free agent from the Miami Dolphins last summer.
"Not yet," responded Brown, when asked whether he knew what his role would be after his brief departure. "I haven't even spoken to anyone. I'll just keep moving along as I was before the bye week. When I'm asked or given an opportunity to contribute, I'm looking forward to that.
"It's tough, because when you're wired to want to compete and be out there and be able to contribute, that's always good. I was looking for more opportunities when I got here, but, given the situation and knowing that this is a passing offense . . . "
What has also hurt Brown's playing time has been the production of McCoy, who has rushed for 569 yards on 105 carries and six touchdowns, while catching 21 passes for 123 yards and two scores.
"I think, in a couple of games, Shady would have liked even more opportunities," Brown said. "The things that he's been able to do with limited carries that he's got, compared to the other guys in the top five rushing in the league, has been tremendous. For him to be able to do that, I guess there's just not enough balls and opportunities to go around for everybody."
Somehow through all this, Brown is still able to smile. He knows there is still demand for him, even if it might be elsewhere, and that he was indirectly part of helping Harrison get the treatment he needed.
"The positive is that Detroit saw an opportunity to grab me and be able to utilize me in situations, so that's good," Brown said. "I was involved in the game plan with them. I was excited about that."
As for Harrison, Brown said: "I'm just glad that he found out his situation before it could turn into anything a couple of weeks down the road. That's always good that he found that out and to get that taken care of. So I'm excited about that."
Not so sure how excited he is about being back in an Eagles uniform, but that will remain to be seen.