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Maurice Morris | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/1/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 216
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (54) / SEA
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Free agent RB Maurice Morris is not expected back in Detroit in 2012.
The Lions would rather re-sign Kevin Smith as insurance for Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best. In addition to Morris, the Lions are also expected to move on from LB Bobby Carpenter, safeties Erik Coleman and Chris Harris, CB Brandon McDonald, WR Maurice Stovall, and OG Leonard Davis. Fri, Mar 9, 2012 11:13:00 AM

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Maurice Morris rushed five times for 22 yards in Detroit's Week 16 win over the Chargers, adding one catch for 10 yards.

After being held without a touch in Week 15, Morris only managed to get on the field after Kevin Smith missed a large chunk of the third quarter with an apparent aggravation of his ankle injury. A weak link in the Lions' well-oiled offense, Morris should see extremely limited snaps in the playoffs as long as Smith can stay healthy.
Sat, Dec 24, 2011 08:14:00 PM

Playing through a chest injury, Maurice Morris rushed four times for 13 yards and added one catch for three yards in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Vikings.

Morris played extremely sparingly after sustaining his injury, allowing Keiland Williams to function as the feature back. But the fact that he was permitted to return to the game at all bodes well for his Week 15 status. We'll know more by Wednesday.
Sun, Dec 11, 2011 06:41:00 PM

Maurice Morris left Sunday's game against the Vikings in the second quarter with a right arm/chest injury, but returned in the third quarter.

Morris may have lost some strength in his ball-carrying arm, so he was held out for a while. Plodding power back Keiland Williams came on, but Morris was able to return late in the third quarter.
Sun, Dec 11, 2011 02:31:00 PM

Maurice Morris rushed 12 times for 28 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions, adding five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.

A typically plodding night for Morris on the ground, who was called on to handle the Lions' rushing load after Kevin Smith aggravated his ankle injury early in the second half. The solid receiving performance was his second straight, however, building on his nine-catch, 81-yard effort against the Packers on Thanksgiving. With Smith initially sounding unlikely to suit up in Week 14, Morris is worth a flier if you're hurting at running back.
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 01:13:00 AM

Maurice Morris will start next Sunday's game against the Saints if Kevin Smith (ankle) can't go.

The Detroit Free Press and other outlets are referring to Smith's injury as a "high ankle sprain," but it's unclear if that's an accurate assessment. Smith is still considered questionable for Week 13. Morris started four games earlier this year, averaging 9.7 carries for 45.2 yards with one touchdown and adding a total of five catches for 34 yards. The plodder would be a low-upside PPR plug-n-play if Smith sits this week.
Mon, Nov 28, 2011 08:45:00 AM

Maurice Morris rushed seven times for 39 yards and added nine catches for 81 yards in Thursday's loss to the Packers.

After Kevin Smith went down with an ankle injury at the end of the first quarter, the Lions turned to Morris as their feature back. The Packers gave up check down after check down underneath, leading to a monster PPR day for Morris. Although Morris can't make anyone miss, he's the best the Lions have left. Smith is rumored to have a high-ankle sprain and Jahvid Best (concussions) isn't close to return. PPR owners need to make the add here.
Thu, Nov 24, 2011 04:19:00 PM

Maurice Morris rushed seven times for 29 yards and added one reception for eight yards against the Panthers in Week 11.

The matchup was right, but Morris found himself on the sidelines for the majority of the final three quarters after Kevin Smith emerged as a more dangerous threat on the ground and in the passing game. Morris can be dropped in all formats now that Smith has passed him on the depth chart.
Sun, Nov 20, 2011 05:51:00 PM

Maurice Morris rushed 10 times for 44 yards and caught a six-yard pass in the Lions' Week 10 loss to Chicago.

Kevin Smith (4-19, 2-10) replaced Keiland Williams (1-1) as the Lions' No. 2 back on Sunday. Morris should continue to flirt with 11-15 touches per game as long as Jahvid Best (concussions) remains out, but he offers a very low ceiling as a pedestrian, 32-year-old running back. He'll be worth low-end flex consideration only when the Lions face the Panthers in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 13, 2011 08:30:00 PM

Maurice Morris rushed 13 times for 58 yards and a touchdown and added one reception for seven yards against the Broncos in Week 8.

Morris started and dominated the workload early on before giving way to Keiland Williams in the second half. He vultured a score from Calvin Johnson by going over the top of the Broncos defense from a yard out. Morris is worth rostering as a RB4 until Jahvid Best is given the green light for a Week 10 return after the bye.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 07:34:00 PM

Maurice Morris rushed nine times for 50 yards and added two catches for 13 yards against the Falcons in Week 7.

Half of his production came on a 31-yard third-quarter run to set up a field goal. Morris started and handled feature-back duties in the first quarter before giving way to Keiland Williams in the second quarter. The two backs rotated the rest of the way. Just a flex option if Jahvid Best (concussion) remains out, Morris gets a surprisingly stout Broncos run defense in Week 7.
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 05:48:00 PM

Lions OC Scott Linehan confirmed that Maurice Morris will start at tailback against the Falcons this week.

"The thing I'm excited about whenever you called on Maurice he stepped up to the plate and performed,' Linehan said. "He's ... back to his form of end of last year. ... You know what you're getting with Mo I'm looking forward to seeing him take the reins." Keiland Williams could be worked in as the short-yardage back against a Falcons defense allowing the 17th-most fantasy points to opposing backs. We don't like Morris as any more than a flex option this week.
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 02:49:00 PM

Maurice Morris remains the likely starter in Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Regardless of the Ronnie Brown mess, the Lions were planning to lean on Morris this week. "Maurice has answered the bell anytime that it's rung for him," coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday. "He's been a very productive runner for us." Morris has a 100-yard rushing game in each of the last two seasons, but he'll share time with Keiland Williams. Consider Morris a flex play.
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 08:09:00 AM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes Maurice Morris has still "got to be the guy" at tailback this week if Jahvid Best (concussion) can't play.

Birkett expects Ronnie Brown to be active if Best sits out, but it may take him a week or two to carve out a more substantial role. Birkett also believes Brown will only have a major impact this year if Best's concussion issues are worse than the Lions have let on. "Jahvid's still the guy," says Birkett.
Tue, Oct 18, 2011 05:54:00 PM

Beat writer Dave Birkett confirms that Maurice Morris would be the first in line for carries if Jahvid Best (concussion) misses time.

Here's the touch count for the last three games: Keiland Williams eight, Morris six, Jerome Harrison zero. In fact, Harrison wasn't even active for last week's game against the Niners. Morris is 32 and a true backup, but this Lions regime has shown faith in him before. With Best hobbled over the final eight games of last season, Morris averaged 9.8 carries for 40.7 yards and 2.2 catches for 14.5 yards to go with five touchdowns. Harrison would likely be mixed in as a change-of-pace back and Williams will continue to serve as the short-yardage specialist.
Tue, Oct 18, 2011 08:20:00 AM

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4Bryan Bennett
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8Seth Lobato
9Ryan Williams
10Tim Tebow
11Brad Sorensen
12Matt Blanchard
13Dan LeFevour
14Pat Devlin
15Garrett Gilbert
16Dustin Vaughan
17Dylan Thompson
18Cody Fajardo
19Shane Carden
20Griffin Neal
21Josh Woodrum
22Max Wittek
23Joe Licata
24Austin Davis
25R.J. Archer
26Jerrod Johnson
27Jerry Lovelocke
28Chase Rettig
29Chandler Harnish
30Dalyn Williams
31Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2Toby Gerhart
3Zurlon Tipton
4Alonzo Harris
5LaMichael James
6Joique Bell
7Josh Harris
8Don Jackson
9Anthony Dixon
10Zac Stacy
11Storm Johnson
12Ross Scheuerman
13Kenneth Harper
14Jawon Chisholm
15Zac Brooks
16Jerome Smith
17Michael Dyer
18Jeremy Stewart
19Karlos Williams
20Senorise Perry
21LaVance Taylor
22Keshawn Hill
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2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Darrel Young
3Erik Lorig
4Emil Igwenagu
5Jorvorskie Lane
6Joe Don Duncan
7Ryan Mueller
8Derrick Coleman
9Henry Hynoski
10Brad Smelley
11Trey Millard
12Patrick Skov
13Soma Vainuku
14Jordan Campbell
15Zach Boren
16Kiero Small
17J.C. Copeland
18John Conner
19Sione Houma
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2Marques Colston
3Brandon Tate
4Jerome Simpson
5Josh Morgan
6Jacoby Ford
7Tyler Davis
8Hakeem Nicks
9Miles Austin
10Preston Parker
11Kris Durham
12Rueben Randle
13Dwayne Bowe
14James Jones
15Kyle Prater
16Joshua Stangby
17Zach D'Orazio
18Kenzel Doe
19Jared Dangerfield
20Josh Lenz
21Robert Herron
22Ricky Collins
23Solomon Patton
24T.J. Graham
25Damaris Johnson
26Damian Williams
27Nate Washington
28Reggie Dunn
29Armon Binns
30Carlton Mitchell
31Nick Harwell
32Tevin Reese
33Issac Blakeney
34Hunter Sharp
35David Porter
36L'Damian Washington
37Jeff Beathard
38Tyler McDonald
39Ezell Ruffin
40Jordan Leslie
41Jamel Johnson
42DaVaris Daniels
43Lance Lewis
44Joseph Anderson
45Travis Labhart
46Donatella Luckett
47Josh Harper
48Tyler Murphy
49Marquez Clark
50Shaq Evans
51Josh Stewart
52Quinshad Davis
53Reece Horn
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2Brian Hartline
3Riley Cooper
4Ace Sanders
5Marcus Thigpen
6Devin Hester
7Denarius Moore
8Chris Givens
9Joe Morgan
10Austin Pettis
11Matt Hazel
12Jacoby Jones
13A.J. Jenkins
14Emory Blake
15Ryan Broyles
16Onterio McCalebb
17Nathan Palmer
18DeVier Posey
19Andre Debose
20Mike Brown
21Tandon Doss
22Devante Davis
23Devon Wylie
24Mike Williams
25Jimmie Hunt
26Reggie Bell
27Amir Carlisle
28Brandon Shippen
29Valdez Showers
30Milton Williams III
31Michael Preston
32Phil Bates
33Myles White
34Isiah Ferguson
35Daniel Rodriguez
36A.J. Cruz
37James Butler
38Max McCaffrey
39Ryan Lankford
40Clyde Gates
41Marcus Harris
42Stephen Hill
43Titus Davis
44Andre Davis
45Demetrius Wilson
46Josh Reese
47DiAndre Campbell
48Trevor Harman
49Tom Nelson
50Leonard Hankerson
51Kieran Duncan
52Jarvis Turner
53Durron Neal
54David Glidden
55Michael Bennett
56Paul Browning
57Austin Willis
58Saalim Hakim
59Kashif Moore
60Juron Criner
61Chris King
62Trindon Holliday
63Tevin Jones
64Marken Michel
65Levi Norwood
66Ed Williams
67Danny Anthrop
68Christion Jones
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3Chris Givens
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2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
4Dante Rosario
5Kyle Miller
6Matt Spaeth
7Nic Jacobs
8Michael Cooper
9Matthew Mulligan
10Mickey Shuler
11Beau Gardner
12E.J. Bibbs
13Chase Ford
14Richard Gordon
15Nick Kasa
16Chase Dixon
17Mike McFarland
18Rob Blanchflower
19Jacob Maxwell
20D.J. Williams
21Cameron Clear
22David Paulson
23Steve Maneri
24Kevin Greene
25Brandon Barden
26Gerell Robinson
27Jake Stoneburner
28Brian Leonhardt
29Ryan Taylor
30Konrad Reuland
31Brett Brackett
32Michael Egnew
33Adrien Robinson
34Jake Murphy
35Rory Anderson
36Gerald Christian
37John Peters
38Jay Rome
39Braxton Deaver
40Dan Light
41Jack Tabb
42Jordan Thompson
43Arthur Lynch
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2Eugene Monroe
3Charles Brown
4Cameron Bradfield
5Pierce Burton
6Will Beatty
7Micah Hatchie
8Jason Fox
9David Hedelin
10Taylor Fallin
11David Foucault
12Cody Booth
13Jake Long
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3Clay DeBord
4Edawn Coughman
5Martin Wallace
6Ben Heenan
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8Lene Maiava
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10Matthew Masifilo
11Al Bond
12Isiah Cage
13Darren Keyton
14Jake Bernstein
15Arturo Uzdavinis
16Adrian Bellard
17Tanner Hawkinson
18Garrick Mayweather
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3Sam Brenner
4Julian Vandervelde
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7Anthony Fabiano
8James Stone
9Reese Dismukes
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17Matt Rotheram
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5John Kling
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8Kona Schwenke
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