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Maurice Morris | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/1/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 216
College: Oregon
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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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8Thad Lewis
9Ricky Stanzi
10Josh Portis
11David Carr
12Rex Grossman
13Vince Young
14Brady Quinn
15Kevin Kolb
16Jordan Palmer
17Tyler Thigpen
18Josh Johnson
19Caleb Hanie
20Garrett Gilbert
21Keith Wenning
22Seth Lobato
23Tim Tebow
24Logan Kilgore
25Bryn Renner
26Brendon Kay
27Brett Smith
28James Franklin
29Chase Rettig
30Tommy Rees
31Brock Jensen
32Pat White
33Trent Edwards
34Jerrod Johnson
35Adam Weber
36Nate Enderle
37John Parker Wilson
38Jordan Rodgers
39Tyler Wilson
40Nick Stephens
41G.J. Kinne
42Alex Tanney
43Ryan Katz
44Colby Cameron
45Kyle Padron
46James Vandenberg
47Mike Hermann
48Nathan Stanley
49Dalton Williams
50Matt Brown
51Caleb TerBush
52Tim Jenkins
53Dayne Crist
54Tajh Boyd
55Stephen Morris
56Collin Klein
57Alex Carder
58Rusty Smith
59Keith Price
60Kory Faulkner
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2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Jalen Parmele
9BenJarvus Green-Ellis
10Jamie Harper
11LaMichael James
12Chris Rainey
13Terrance Ganaway
14Edwin Baker
15Alvester Alexander
16Jeremy Stewart
17Brandon Saine
18D.J. Harper
19Jewel Hampton
20Zach Brown
21Jeff Demps
22Spencer Ware
23Tim Cornett
24Zurlon Tipton
25Stephen Houston
26Orleans Darkwa
27Evan Royster
28Alex Green
29Dion Lewis
30Mikel Leshoure
31Lance Ball
32Isaac Redman
33Ray Rice
34Javarris James
35Josh Vaughan
36Darren Evans
37Delone Carter
38Anthony Allen
39Damien Berry
40Richard Murphy
41William Powell
42Phillip Tanner
43Derrick Strozier
44Demitrius Bronson
45David Fluellen
46Roy Finch
47Tim Flanders
48Jordan Lynch
49George Atkinson III
50Zach Bauman
51Terrance Cobb
52Dominique Williams
53Cierre Wood
54Stefphon Jefferson
55Michael Hill
56Ronnie Wingo
57Kendall Gaskins
58Deonte Williams
59Bradley Randle
60Quentin Hines
61De'Leon Eskridge
62Jordan Roberts
63Orwin Smith
64Armond Smith
65Tauren Poole
GLB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
5Andre Brown
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
4Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Chris Pressley
8Brit Miller
9Quinn Johnson
10Harvey Unga
11Owen Marecic
12Shaun Chapas
13Dorson Boyce
14Eric Kettani
15Owen Schmitt
16Greg Jones
17Evan Rodriguez
18Collin Mooney
19Braden Wilson
20Zach Boren
21Lonnie Pryor
22Jordan Campbell
23Ben Bartholomew
24Ina Liaina
25Stephen Campbell
26J.C. Copeland
27Chad Young
28Kadeem Jones
29Toben Opurum
30Maurice Hagens
31Roosevelt Nix
32James Baker
33Ryan D'Imperio
34Karl Williams
35Cameron White
36Chad Abram
37Nikita Whitlock
38Alex Debniak
39Ryan Roberson
40Jonathan Amosa
41Rupert Bryan
42Devonte Campbell
43Michael Zordich
44Jourdan Brooks
45Emil Igwenagu
46Nate Eachus
47Jon Hoese
48Ben Guidugli
49Eddie Williams
50Brock Bolen
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2Nate Burleson
3Jabar Gaffney
4Titus Young
5Michael Preston
6Darius Johnson
7Keenan Davis
8Lamont Bryant
9Kevin Hardy
10Tim Benford
11Josh Bellamy
12LaRon Byrd
13Greg Childs
14Julian Talley
15Deonte Thompson
16Taulib Ikharo
17Kain Colter
18Erik Lora
19Terrence Toliver
20Ryan Whalen
21Jamar Newsome
22Ben Obomanu
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24Richard Goodman
25Johnathan Haggerty
26Naaman Roosevelt
27Emmanuel Arceneaux
28Matt Willis
29Lavelle Hawkins
30Brett Swain
31Chaz Schilens
32Brian Robiskie
33Tiquan Underwood
34Charly Martin
35Chandler Jones
36Marcus Lucas
37Will Murphy
38Skye Dawson
39Chad Bumphis
40Javontee Herndon
41Donte Foster
42Robby Toma
43Carlin Isles
44Jonathan Krause
45Colin Lockett
46Travis Labhart
47Seth Roberts
48Jordan White
49Chris Summers
50Marcus Jackson
51Derek Moye
52Kamar Jorden
53Nicholas Johnson
54Jeremy Kelley
55Sederrick Cunningham
56Zach Rogers
57Josh Lenz
58Roy Roundtree
59Dan Buckner
60Kerry Taylor
61Tyrone Goard
62Sam McGuffie
63Erik Highsmith
64Chip Reeves
65Mark Harrison
66Cole McKenzie
67Jamal Miles
68Rashad Evans
69T.J. Moe
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71Bert Reed
72Jeremy Ebert
73Joseph Anderson
74Brandon Carswell
75Quintin Payton
76Wilson Van Hooser
77C.J. Goodwin
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80Andrew Peacock
81Terrell Sinkfield
82Jheranie Boyd
83Eric Rogers
84Rashaad Carter
85Demetrius Fields
86Scott Pillar
87Mike Davis
88Cody Hoffman
89Kadron Boone
90Torrence Allen
91Julius Pruitt
92Mardy Gilyard
93LaQuan Williams
94Diondre Borel
95Jon Baldwin
96Chastin West
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3Jerome Simpson
4Anthony Armstrong
5Kerry Meier
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7Donald Jones
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50Brandon Collins
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53Dale Moss
54David Ball
55Devin Aromashodu
56David Reed
57Jarett Dillard
58Dezmon Briscoe
59Jeff Fuller
60Isaiah Williams
61Tim Toone
62Duke Calhoun
63Roberto Wallace
64Bobby Sewall
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66Ronald Johnson
67Joe Adams
68Devon Wylie
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76Mike Willie
77Michael Calvin
78Taveon Rogers
79Andrew DePaola
80James Shaw
81Tori Gurley
82Omarius Hines
83Gerrard Sheppard
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85Jason Thompson
86Perez Ashford
87Ryan Spadola
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89Rodrick Rumble
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91Patrick Crayton
92Tony Washington
93Jaz Reynolds
94Austin Franklin
95Micah Hatfield
96Chris Boyd
97Weston Dressler
98Anthony Amos
99R.J. Webb
100Andrew Helmick
101Anthony McClung
102Jordan Harris
103Kelsey Pope
104Alex Neutz
105Geraldo Boldewijn
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3Laurent Robinson
4Davone Bess
TE1Danny Noble
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3Randy McMichael
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29Gerell Robinson
30Mike McNeill
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45Jeron Mastrud
46Steve Maneri
47Dominique Curry
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50Weslye Saunders
51Richard Gordon
52Dedrick Epps
53Tom Crabtree
54Brody Eldridge
55Nate Byham
56Zach Potter
57Colin Cloherty
58Kellen Davis
59Martin Rucker
60Cameron Morrah
61Travis Beckum
62Richard Quinn
63Jake O'Connell
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74Jake Murphy
75Brian Wozniak
76Justin Perillo
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79Chase Dixon
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81Dominique Jones
82Jason Schepler
83Chase Clement
84Adam Schiltz
85A.C. Leonard
86Rob Blanchflower
87Joe Don Duncan
88Andre Hardy
89Tim Biere
90Evan Landi
91Taylor Cook
92Colin Anderson
93Travis Tannahill
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