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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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QB1Robert Griffin III
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3Phillip Sims
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5Luke McCown
6Ryan Lindley
7G.J. Kinne
8Charlie Whitehurst
9Aaron Murray
10Dylan Thompson
11Johnny Manziel
12Jerrod Johnson
13Brad Sorensen
14Tim Tebow
15Seth Lobato
16Ryan Williams
17Bryan Bennett
18Matt Blanchard
19Dan LeFevour
20Austin Trainor
21Pat Devlin
22Jay Cutler
23McLeod Bethel-Thompson
24Jerry Lovelocke
25Chandler Harnish
26Chase Rettig
27Zach Mettenberger
28Cody Fajardo
29Shane Carden
30Griffin Neal
31R.J. Archer
32Sean Renfree
33Marquise Williams
34Max Wittek
35Joe Licata
36Dalyn Williams
37Josh Woodrum
38Keith Wenning
39Jake Waters
RB1James Starks
2Rashad Jennings
3Joseph Randle
4Khiry Robinson
5Toby Gerhart
6Joique Bell
7Dominique Williams
8Karlos Williams
9LaMichael James
10Alonzo Harris
11Jhurell Pressley
12Brandon Burks
13Stevan Ridley
14Anthony Dixon
15DuJuan Harris
16Darrin Reaves
17Zac Stacy
18Josh Harris
19Brandon Ross
20Brandon Brown-Dukes
21Jahwan Edwards
22Ross Scheuerman
23Kenneth Harper
24Jawon Chisholm
25Zac Brooks
26Jerome Smith
27Isaiah Pead
28Dan Herron
29Daryl Richardson
30Glenn Winston
31Tyler Gaffney
32Keshawn Hill
33LaVance Taylor
34Michael Dyer
35Jeremy Stewart
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
2Rashad Jennings
3James Starks
FB1Ryan Mueller
2Joe Don Duncan
3Andrew Bonnet
4Henry Hynoski
5Erik Lorig
6Will Johnson
7Emil Igwenagu
8Jorvorskie Lane
9Brandon Cottom
10James Casey
11Paul Lasike
12Blake Renaud
13John Conner
14Devon Johnson
15Alstevis Squirewell
16Zach Boren
17Kiero Small
18J.C. Copeland
19Joey Iosefa
20Nikita Whitlock
21Trey Millard
22Chris Swain
23Sam Bergen
24Will Ratelle
25Soma Vainuku
26Brad Smelley
27Patrick Skov
28Jordan Campbell
29Sione Houma
30Malcolm Johnson
WR11Jerome Simpson
2Marcus Easley
3Greg Jennings
4Marques Colston
5Keith Mumphery
6Dwayne Bowe
7James Jones
8Kyle Prater
9Josh Morgan
10Tyler Davis
11Hakeem Nicks
12Eddie Royal
13Douglas McNeil
14Stevie Johnson
15Jacoby Ford
16Preston Parker
17Greg Little
18Kris Durham
19Miles Austin
20Kain Colter
21DeAndre Reaves
22Greg Salas
23Ben Edwards
24Carlton Mitchell
25Nick Harwell
26Armon Binns
27Reggie Dunn
28T.J. Graham
29Damaris Johnson
30Tevin Reese
31Issac Blakeney
32Kenny Cook
33Joshua Stangby
34Jaxon Shipley
35Andrew Turzilli
36Zach D'Orazio
37Kenzel Doe
38Jared Dangerfield
39Damian Williams
40Josh Lenz
41Eric Rogers
42Ricky Collins
43Robert Herron
44Shaq Evans
45Solomon Patton
46Nate Washington
47Travis Labhart
48Josh Harper
49Rasheed Bailey
50Donatella Luckett
51Josh Stewart
52Marlon Moore
53Dennis Parks
54Quinshad Davis
55Rashaun Simonise
56Reece Horn
57Tyler Murphy
58Marquez Clark
59Chandler Worthy
60Duke Williams
61Corey Washington
62David Porter
63L'Damian Washington
64Jarrett Boykin
65Lance Lewis
66Joseph Anderson
67Tyler McDonald
68Ezell Ruffin
69DaVaris Daniels
70Jeff Beathard
WR21Roddy White
2Brian Hartline
3Riley Cooper
4Ace Sanders
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8Austin Pettis
9Ryan Broyles
10A.J. Jenkins
11Emory Blake
12Kevin Smith
13Dorial Green-Beckham
14R.J. Harris
15Ryan Whalen
16Joe Morgan
17Jacoby Jones
18Onterio McCalebb
19Nathan Palmer
20Andre Debose
21DeVier Posey
22Shakim Phillips
23Mike Brown
24Tandon Doss
25Devante Davis
26Devon Wylie
27Jimmie Hunt
28Jay Lee
29Mike Williams
30Marcus Leak
31Reggie Bell
32Valdez Showers
33Amir Carlisle
34Michael Preston
35Phil Bates
36Milton Williams III
37Marcus Harris
38Isiah Ferguson
39Daniel Rodriguez
40A.J. Cruz
41James Butler
42Antwan Goodley
43Kadron Boone
44Ryan Lankford
45Clyde Gates
46Juron Criner
47Stephen Hill
48Saalim Hakim
49Kashif Moore
50Kenbrell Thompkins
51Durron Neal
52David Glidden
53Kieran Duncan
54Jarvis Turner
55T.J. Thorpe
56Michael Bennett
57Paul Browning
58Austin Willis
59Andre Davis
60Demetrius Wilson
61Josh Reese
62DiAndre Campbell
63Trevor Harman
64Tom Nelson
65Leonard Hankerson
66Trindon Holliday
67Chris King
68Javontee Herndon
69Levi Norwood
70Ed Williams
71Danny Anthrop
72Marken Michel
73Christion Jones
74Tony Washington
75K.J. Maye
WR31Riley Cooper
2Marques Colston
3Chris Givens
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Owen Daniels
3Scott Chandler
4Craig Stevens
5Tony Moeaki
6Ladarius Green
7Zach Sudfeld
8Brandon Bostick
9Dante Rosario
10Kyle Miller
11Matt Spaeth
12Andrew Quarless
13Blake Annen
14Beau Gardner
15Mickey Shuler
16Michael Cooper
17Nic Jacobs
18Chase Ford
19Dominique Jones
20Bruce Miller
21Nick Kasa
22Chase Dixon
23Richard Gordon
24Bryce Williams
25Casey Pierce
26Mike McFarland
27D.J. Williams
28Chase Coffman
29Gerald Christian
30Rob Blanchflower
31Jacob Maxwell
32Cameron Clear
33Braedon Bowman
34Justice Cunningham
35Steve Maneri
36David Paulson
37Brandon Barden
38Gerell Robinson
39Kevin Greene
40Jake Stoneburner
41Gannon Sinclair
42Jake Murphy
43Rory Anderson
44Adrien Robinson
45Ryan Taylor
46Konrad Reuland
47Brett Brackett
48Michael Egnew
49John Peters
50Jay Rome
51Kivon Cartwright
52Braxton Deaver
53M.J. McFarland
54Clayton Echard
55Jack Tabb
56Jordan Thompson
57Rob Housler
58Arthur Lynch
59Dan Light
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2King Dunlap
3Eugene Monroe
4Charles Brown
5Cameron Bradfield
6Carter Bykowski
7Martin Wallace
8Rob Crisp
9Jason Fox
10Micah Hatchie
11Kyle Roberts
12Takoby Cofield
13Michael Oher
14Jordan Rigsbee
15Tyson Chandler
16Lars Hanson
17Garry Williams
18John Weidenaar
19Vince Kowalski
20David Hedelin
21Taylor Fallin
22Collin Buchanan
23Cody Booth
24Justin Renfrow
25David Foucault
26Andrew McDonald
27Jordan Swindle
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2Ben Grubbs
3David Arkin
4Edawn Coughman
5Ryan Seymour
6Ben Heenan
7Antoine Everett
8Mackenzy Bernadeau
9Sam Brenner
10Darren Keyton
11Jake Bernstein
12Collin Rahrig
13Vi Teofilo
14Alex Cooper
15Adrian Bellard
16Tanner Hawkinson
17Lene Maiava
18Jamison Lalk
19Al Bond
20Brian Folkerts
21Matthew Masifilo
22Garrick Mayweather
23Pearce Slater
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2Khaled Holmes
3Mitchell Bell
4Manuel Ramirez
5Julian Vandervelde
6Marcus Henry
7Jacob Flores
8Fernando Velasco
9Jacques McClendon
10Drew Nowak
11Garth Gerhart
12Barrett Jones
13Dalton Freeman
14Karim Barton
15Ben Clarke
16Brian De La Puente
17Reese Dismukes
18Dillon Farrell
19Ben Gottschalk
20Braxston Cave
21Robert Kugler
22Quinton Schooley
23Greg Van Roten
24Lucas Crowley
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2Todd Herremans
3Garrett Gilkey
4Cyril Lemon
5Darrion Weems
6Leon Brown
7Tre' Jackson
8Hugh Thornton
9Jared Smith
10Paul Fanaika
11Geoff Schwartz
12Kitt O'Brien
13Chase Farris
14Trip Thurman
15Shahbaz Ahmed
16Antoine McClain
17Alvin Bailey
18Adam Replogle
19Malcolm Bunche
20Ryker Mathews
21Boston Stiverson
22Terran Vaughn
23Donovan Williams
24Tyler Johnstone
25Mike McQueen
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2Erik Pears
3Tayo Fabuluje
4Mitchell Van Dyk
5Sebastian Vollmer
6Adrian Bellard
7Nick Ritcher
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9Patrick Miller
10Isiah Cage
11Darryl Baldwin
12Lamar Holmes
13Michael Williams
14Luke Marquardt
15Colin Kelly
16Pierce Burton
17Kona Schwenke
18Zeth Ramsay
19Ryan Mack
20Torian White
K1Mike Nugent
2Josh Brown
3Travis Coons
4Dan Carpenter
5John Lunsford
6Carey Spear
7Billy Cundiff
8Jaden Oberkrom
9Andrew Furney
10Justin Manton
11Corey Acosta
12Marshall Morgan
13Shaun Suisham
14Brandon Bogotay
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17Taylor Bertolet
18Brad Craddock
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21Brett Maher
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