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Maurice Morris | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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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3Ryan Lindley
4Phillip Sims
5Josh Freeman
6Chase Daniel
7Bryan Bennett
8G.J. Kinne
9Austin Davis
10Johnny Manziel
11Charlie Whitehurst
12Jerrod Johnson
13Ryan Williams
14Seth Lobato
15Tim Tebow
16Brad Sorensen
17Pat Devlin
18Matt Blanchard
19Dan LeFevour
20Austin Trainor
21McLeod Bethel-Thompson
22Jay Cutler
23R.J. Archer
24Dylan Thompson
25Cody Fajardo
26Shane Carden
27Griffin Neal
28Marquise Williams
29Max Wittek
30Joe Licata
31Jerry Lovelocke
32Chase Rettig
33Chandler Harnish
34Dalyn Williams
35Jake Waters
RB1James Starks
2John Crockett
3Jamaal Charles
4DuJuan Harris
5Joseph Randle
6Rashad Jennings
7Dominique Williams
8Joique Bell
9LaMichael James
10Jhurell Pressley
11Khiry Robinson
12Toby Gerhart
13Karlos Williams
14Alonzo Harris
15Anthony Dixon
16Zac Stacy
17Josh Harris
18Brandon Ross
19Stevan Ridley
20Keshawn Hill
21LaVance Taylor
22Glenn Winston
23Jahwan Edwards
24Ross Scheuerman
25Kenneth Harper
26Jawon Chisholm
27Jerome Smith
28Isaiah Pead
29Dan Herron
30Michael Dyer
31Jeremy Stewart
32Tyler Gaffney
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Jamaal Charles
3Toby Gerhart
4DuJuan Harris
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2DuJuan Harris
3Joseph Randle
4Rashad Jennings
5James Starks
FB1Ryan Mueller
2Tommy Bohanon
3Henry Hynoski
4Erik Lorig
5Will Johnson
6Emil Igwenagu
7Jorvorskie Lane
8James Casey
9Joe Don Duncan
10Jordan Campbell
11John Conner
12Zach Boren
13Kiero Small
14J.C. Copeland
15Joey Iosefa
16Blake Renaud
17Alstevis Squirewell
18Brad Smelley
19Sam Bergen
20Nikita Whitlock
21Trey Millard
22Patrick Skov
23Sione Houma
WR11Greg Jennings
2Marques Colston
3Jerome Simpson
4Marcus Easley
5Douglas McNeil
6Hakeem Nicks
7Josh Morgan
8Jacoby Ford
9Tyler Davis
10Kyle Prater
11Dwayne Bowe
12James Jones
13Preston Parker
14Greg Little
15Kris Durham
16Stevie Johnson
17Miles Austin
18Kain Colter
19DeAndre Reaves
20Greg Salas
21Ben Edwards
22Nick Harwell
23Reggie Dunn
24Armon Binns
25Carlton Mitchell
26T.J. Graham
27Damaris Johnson
28Robert Herron
29Solomon Patton
30Josh Lenz
31Ricky Collins
32Damian Williams
33Joshua Stangby
34Jaxon Shipley
35Nate Washington
36Zach D'Orazio
37Kenzel Doe
38Jared Dangerfield
39Issac Blakeney
40Tevin Reese
41Terrell Sinkfield
42Kenny Cook
43Richard Mullaney
44Duke Williams
45David Porter
46Dennis Parks
47Quinshad Davis
48Rashaun Simonise
49Reece Horn
50Tyler Murphy
51Marquez Clark
52Chandler Worthy
53L'Damian Washington
54Marlon Moore
55Josh Harper
56Josh Stewart
57Travis Labhart
58Donatella Luckett
59Jarrett Boykin
60Lance Lewis
61Joseph Anderson
62DaVaris Daniels
63Tyler McDonald
64Ezell Ruffin
65Jeff Beathard
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Roddy White
3Brian Hartline
4Victor Cruz
5Riley Cooper
6Ace Sanders
7Denarius Moore
8Chris Givens
9Marcus Thigpen
10Ryan Whalen
11Joe Morgan
12Kevin Smith
13R.J. Harris
14Austin Pettis
15Jacoby Jones
16Ryan Broyles
17A.J. Jenkins
18Griff Whalen
19Emory Blake
20Onterio McCalebb
21Nathan Palmer
22Andre Debose
23Shakim Phillips
24Tandon Doss
25Mike Brown
26DeVier Posey
27Mike Williams
28Devante Davis
29Jimmie Hunt
30Devon Wylie
31Jay Lee
32Reggie Bell
33Amir Carlisle
34Valdez Showers
35Phil Bates
36Kadron Boone
37Ryan Lankford
38Isiah Ferguson
39James Butler
40Daniel Rodriguez
41A.J. Cruz
42Milton Williams III
43Michael Preston
44Clyde Gates
45Marcus Harris
46Juron Criner
47Stephen Hill
48Titus Davis
49Andre Davis
50Demetrius Wilson
51Josh Reese
52DiAndre Campbell
53Trevor Harman
54Tom Nelson
55Leonard Hankerson
56Michael Bennett
57Durron Neal
58David Glidden
59Kieran Duncan
60Jarvis Turner
61T.J. Thorpe
62Paul Browning
63Austin Willis
64Kashif Moore
65Kenbrell Thompkins
66Saalim Hakim
67Trindon Holliday
68Chris King
69Levi Norwood
70Ed Williams
71Danny Anthrop
72Marken Michel
73Christion Jones
WR31Riley Cooper
2Victor Cruz
3Marques Colston
4Chris Givens
TE1Owen Daniels
2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
4Dante Rosario
5Brandon Bostick
6Zach Sudfeld
7Tony Moeaki
8Mickey Shuler
9Michael Cooper
10Beau Gardner
11Andrew Quarless
12Matt Spaeth
13Kyle Miller
14Dominique Jones
15Nic Jacobs
16Chase Ford
17Bruce Miller
18Nick Kasa
19Chase Dixon
20Richard Gordon
21Brian Parker
22Orson Charles
23Justice Cunningham
24Cameron Clear
25Steve Maneri
26David Paulson
27Casey Pierce
28Mike McFarland
29Chase Coffman
30Gerald Christian
31D.J. Williams
32Rob Blanchflower
33Jacob Maxwell
34Jake Murphy
35Rory Anderson
36Ryan Taylor
37Konrad Reuland
38Brett Brackett
39Michael Egnew
40Adrien Robinson
41John Peters
42Jay Rome
43Braxton Deaver
44M.J. McFarland
45Clayton Echard
46Brandon Barden
47Kevin Greene
48Gerell Robinson
49Jack Tabb
50Arthur Lynch
51Dan Light
52Jordan Thompson
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2King Dunlap
3Eugene Monroe
4Charles Brown
5Cameron Bradfield
6Rob Crisp
7Micah Hatchie
8Jason Fox
9Tyson Chandler
10Kyle Roberts
11Takoby Cofield
12Vince Kowalski
13Lars Hanson
14Garry Williams
15Cameron Jefferson
16David Hedelin
17Taylor Fallin
18John Weidenaar
19Andrew McDonald
20Cody Booth
21Justin Renfrow
22David Foucault
23Jordan Swindle
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2Edawn Coughman
3Ben Heenan
4Antoine Everett
5Sam Brenner
6Mackenzy Bernadeau
7Jake Bernstein
8Collin Rahrig
9Vi Teofilo
10Darren Keyton
11Adrian Bellard
12Tanner Hawkinson
13Lene Maiava
14Jamison Lalk
15Al Bond
16Chris Watt
17Brian Folkerts
18Matthew Masifilo
19Alex Cooper
20Garrick Mayweather
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2Nick Mangold
3Mitchell Bell
4Manuel Ramirez
5Julian Vandervelde
6Drew Nowak
7Garth Gerhart
8Fernando Velasco
9Jacques McClendon
10Marcus Henry
11Ben Clarke
12Barrett Jones
13Dalton Freeman
14Brian De La Puente
15Dillon Farrell
16Reese Dismukes
17Braxston Cave
18Robert Kugler
19Quinton Schooley
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2Brandon Fusco
3Louis Vasquez
4Geoff Schwartz
5Cyril Lemon
6Garrett Gilkey
7Leon Brown
8Paul Fanaika
9Jared Smith
10Darrion Weems
11Kitt O'Brien
12Shahbaz Ahmed
13Trip Thurman
14Adam Replogle
15Malcolm Bunche
16Antoine McClain
17Ryker Mathews
18Boston Stiverson
19Terran Vaughn
20Donovan Williams
21Mike McQueen
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2J'Marcus Webb
3Erik Pears
4Tayo Fabuluje
5Khalif Barnes
6Adrian Bellard
7Bryce Harris
8Mitchell Van Dyk
9Sebastian Vollmer
10John Kling
11Nick Ritcher
12Patrick Miller
13Darryl Baldwin
14Lamar Holmes
15Luke Marquardt
16Kona Schwenke
17Zeth Ramsay
18Ryan Mack
19Torian White
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2Mike Nugent
3Travis Coons
4Josh Brown
5Dan Carpenter
6Andrew Furney
7Justin Manton
8Corey Acosta
9Giorgio Tavecchio
10Marshall Morgan
11Carey Spear
12Billy Cundiff
13Jaden Oberkrom
14Shaun Suisham
15Brandon Bogotay
16Zach Hocker
17Kyle Brindza
18Taylor Bertolet
19Brad Craddock
20Shayne Graham
21Tom Obarski
22Ty Long