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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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3Josh Freeman
4Bryan Bennett
5Ryan Williams
6Seth Lobato
7Brad Sorensen
8Mike Bercovici
9Tim Tebow
10G.J. Kinne
11Sean Renfree
12B.J. Daniels
13Johnny Manziel
14Charlie Whitehurst
15Jerrod Johnson
16R.J. Archer
17Dylan Thompson
18Cody Fajardo
19Shane Carden
20Griffin Neal
21Marquise Williams
22Max Wittek
23Joe Licata
24McLeod Bethel-Thompson
25Pat Devlin
26Matt Blanchard
27Dan LeFevour
28Austin Trainor
29Jerry Lovelocke
30Chase Rettig
31Chandler Harnish
32Jake Waters
33Dalyn Williams
RB1Joseph Randle
2Zurlon Tipton
3Toby Gerhart
4Alonzo Harris
5LaMichael James
6Jhurell Pressley
7C.J. Spiller
8Dominique Williams
9Joique Bell
10Stevan Ridley
11Anthony Dixon
12Josh Harris
13Brandon Ross
14Zac Stacy
15Brandon Wegher
16Kenneth Harper
17Jawon Chisholm
18Brandon Brown-Dukes
19Jahwan Edwards
20Ross Scheuerman
21Darrin Reaves
22Jerome Smith
23Isaiah Pead
24Dan Herron
25Keshawn Hill
26LaVance Taylor
27Michael Dyer
28Jeremy Stewart
GLB1Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1Erik Lorig
2Emil Igwenagu
3Jorvorskie Lane
4James Casey
5Joe Don Duncan
6Ryan Mueller
7Derrick Coleman
8Tommy Bohanon
9Henry Hynoski
10Sam Bergen
11Brad Smelley
12Rod Smith
13Jordan Campbell
14Patrick Skov
15Soma Vainuku
16John Conner
17Zach Boren
18Kiero Small
19J.C. Copeland
20Joey Iosefa
21Blake Renaud
22Alstevis Squirewell
23Sione Houma
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2Marques Colston
3Jerome Simpson
4Hakeem Nicks
5Josh Morgan
6Jacoby Ford
7Tyler Davis
8Douglas McNeil
9Preston Parker
10Greg Little
11Kris Durham
12Kyle Prater
13Dwayne Bowe
14James Jones
15Kain Colter
16DeAndre Reaves
17Greg Salas
18Keshawn Martin
19Miles Austin
20Reggie Dunn
21Armon Binns
22Carlton Mitchell
23Nick Harwell
24Damian Williams
25Nate Washington
26Joshua Stangby
27Jaxon Shipley
28Zach D'Orazio
29Kenzel Doe
30Jared Dangerfield
31T.J. Graham
32Damaris Johnson
33Robert Herron
34Solomon Patton
35Josh Lenz
36Ricky Collins
37Rodney Smith
38Terrell Sinkfield
39Tevin Reese
40Issac Blakeney
41David Porter
42L'Damian Washington
43Richard Mullaney
44Duke Williams
45Josh Harper
46Josh Stewart
47Travis Labhart
48Donatella Luckett
49Jarrett Boykin
50Lance Lewis
51Joseph Anderson
52Quinshad Davis
53Marcus Tucker
54Rashaun Simonise
55Reece Horn
56Devin Lucien
57Tyler Murphy
58Marquez Clark
59Chandler Worthy
60Marlon Moore
61Jeff Beathard
62DaVaris Daniels
63Jamel Johnson
64Tyler McDonald
65Ezell Ruffin
WR21Brian Hartline
2Roddy White
3Riley Cooper
4Ace Sanders
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8Ryan Whalen
9Joe Morgan
10A.J. Jenkins
11Griff Whalen
12Emory Blake
13Jonathan Krause
14R.J. Harris
15Kevin Smith
16Austin Pettis
17Jacoby Jones
18Onterio McCalebb
19Ryan Broyles
20Nathan Palmer
21Mike Brown
22DeVier Posey
23Shakim Phillips
24Andre Debose
25Tandon Doss
26Jimmie Hunt
27Mike Williams
28Frankie Hammond
29Jay Lee
30Devante Davis
31Devon Wylie
32Reggie Bell
33DeAndre Carter
34Brandon Shippen
35Mekale McKay
36Daniel Rodriguez
37A.J. Cruz
38Milton Williams III
39Michael Preston
40Phil Bates
41Valdez Showers
42Amir Carlisle
43Clyde Gates
44Antwan Goodley
45Isiah Ferguson
46James Butler
47Paul McRoberts
48Ryan Lankford
49Kadron Boone
50Marcus Harris
51Juron Criner
52Stephen Hill
53Kashif Moore
54Kenbrell Thompkins
55Saalim Hakim
56Durron Neal
57David Glidden
58Kieran Duncan
59Jarvis Turner
60T.J. Thorpe
61Paul Browning
62Austin Willis
63Titus Davis
64Andre Davis
65Demetrius Wilson
66Josh Reese
67DiAndre Campbell
68Trevor Harman
69Tom Nelson
70Leonard Hankerson
71Chris King
72Trindon Holliday
73Michael Bennett
74Tevin Jones
75Marken Michel
76Christion Jones
77Levi Norwood
78Ed Williams
79Danny Anthrop
WR31Riley Cooper
2Marques Colston
3Chris Givens
TE1Owen Daniels
2Craig Stevens
3Scott Chandler
4Dante Rosario
5Zach Sudfeld
6Tony Moeaki
7Mickey Shuler
8Beau Gardner
9Michael Cooper
10Matt Spaeth
11Andrew Quarless
12Kyle Miller
13Bruce Miller
14Chase Ford
15Nic Jacobs
16E.J. Bibbs
17Richard Gordon
18Brian Parker
19Orson Charles
20Rob Housler
21Nick Kasa
22Chase Dixon
23Cameron Clear
24Justice Cunningham
25Ryan Malleck
26Steve Maneri
27David Paulson
28Casey Pierce
29Mike McFarland
30Chase Coffman
31Henry Krieger-Coble
32D.J. Williams
33Rob Blanchflower
34Jacob Maxwell
35Anthony Denham
36Jake Murphy
37Rory Anderson
38Ryan Taylor
39Konrad Reuland
40Brett Brackett
41Michael Egnew
42Adrien Robinson
43Jay Rome
44John Peters
45Jake McGee
46J.P. Holtz
47Bryce Williams
48Braxton Deaver
49M.J. McFarland
50Clayton Echard
51Brandon Barden
52Kevin Greene
53Gerell Robinson
54Dan Light
55Arthur Lynch
56Jack Tabb
57Jordan Thompson
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3Dallas Thomas
4Micah Hatchie
5Jason Fox
6Tyson Chandler
7Rob Crisp
8Reid Fragel
9Eugene Monroe
10Charles Brown
11Cameron Bradfield
12Colin Kelly
13Cody Booth
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15David Foucault
16Andrew McDonald
17Carter Bykowski
18David Hedelin
19Taylor Fallin
20Tyler Johnstone
21Matt Feiler
22John Weidenaar
23Vince Kowalski
24Lars Hanson
25Garry Williams
26Cameron Jefferson
27Jordan Swindle
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3Clay DeBord
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6Edawn Coughman
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8Jamil Douglas
9Jake Bernstein
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13Tanner Hawkinson
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15Chris Watt
16Brian Folkerts
17Matthew Masifilo
18Al Bond
19Lene Maiava
20Jamison Lalk
21Alex Cooper
22Chris Barker
23Isiah Cage
24Garrick Mayweather
25Kaleb Eulls
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4Drew Nowak
5Garth Gerhart
6Jack Allen
7Manuel Ramirez
8Julian Vandervelde
9Mitchell Bell
10Braxston Cave
11Robert Kugler
12Trevor Robinson
13James Stone
14Reese Dismukes
15Dillon Farrell
16Barrett Jones
17Dalton Freeman
18Ian Silberman
19Mike Matthews
20Ben Clarke
21Brian De La Puente
22Quinton Schooley
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2Louis Vasquez
3Geoff Schwartz
4Cyril Lemon
5Amini Silatolu
6Garrett Gilkey
7Paul Fanaika
8Ryan Seymour
9Jared Smith
10Will Pericak
11Leon Brown
12Kitt O'Brien
13Jordan Devey
14Darrion Weems
15Kadeem Edwards
16Shahbaz Ahmed
17Trip Thurman
18Ryker Mathews
19Boston Stiverson
20Terran Vaughn
21Donovan Williams
22Karim Barton
23Brett Boyko
24Malcolm Bunche
25Adam Replogle
26Antoine McClain
27Blake Muir
28Mike McQueen
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8Adrian Bellard
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10Bryce Harris
11Mitchell Van Dyk
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13Nick Ritcher
14Patrick Miller
15Zeth Ramsay
16Ryan Mack
17Torian White
18Lamar Holmes
19Luke Marquardt
20Kona Schwenke
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2Mike Nugent
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5Blair Walsh
6Mike Meyer
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8Justin Manton
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13Marshall Koehn
14Carey Spear
15Billy Cundiff
16Jaden Oberkrom
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18Shaun Suisham
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29Ty Long