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Maurice Morris | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 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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QB1B.J. Coleman
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3David Carr
4Rex Grossman
5Vince Young
6Brady Quinn
7Kevin Kolb
8Caleb Hanie
9Curtis Painter
10John Skelton
11Keith Wenning
12Brett Smith
13James Franklin
14Jordan Rodgers
15Brendon Kay
16Logan Kilgore
17Ryan Katz
18Colby Cameron
19Kyle Padron
20James Vandenberg
21Mike Hermann
22Nathan Stanley
23Dalton Williams
24Matt Brown
25Caleb TerBush
26Tim Jenkins
27Dayne Crist
28Pat White
29John Parker Wilson
30Trent Edwards
31Jerrod Johnson
32Adam Weber
33Nate Enderle
34Nick Stephens
35Tyler Wilson
36Tommy Rees
37Brock Jensen
38Brandon Bridge
39Connor Halliday
40Cole Stoudt
41Collin Klein
42Rusty Smith
43Kory Faulkner
44Alex Carder
45Keith Price
RB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Chris Johnson
7Ryan Torain
8Beanie Wells
9Andre Brown
10Jamie Harper
11Chris Rainey
12Jalen Parmele
13Peyton Hillis
14BenJarvus Green-Ellis
15Lance Ball
16Ray Rice
17Michael Bush
18Terrance Ganaway
19Alvester Alexander
20Jewel Hampton
21Zach Brown
22Mikel Leshoure
23Brandon Saine
24Evan Royster
25Isaac Redman
26Ronnie Wingo
27D.J. Harper
28Tim Cornett
29Demitrius Bronson
30Stephen Houston
31Alex Green
32Derrick Strozier
33Malcolm Agnew
34David Fluellen
35Roy Finch
36Tim Flanders
37Jordan Lynch
38Jordan Roberts
39Orwin Smith
40Henry Josey
41Kapri Bibbs
42Deonte Williams
43Bradley Randle
44Quentin Hines
45De'Leon Eskridge
46Javarris James
47Josh Vaughan
48Darren Evans
49Anthony Allen
50Damien Berry
51Richard Murphy
52William Powell
53Armond Smith
54Delone Carter
55Cierre Wood
56Stefphon Jefferson
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Chris Johnson
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Chris Johnson
3Steven Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Beanie Wells
6Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Jed Collins
7Tony Fiammetta
8Frank Summers
9Chris Pressley
10Brit Miller
11Will Ta'ufo'ou
12Bradie Ewing
13Maurice Hagens
14Stephen Campbell
15Chad Young
16Kadeem Jones
17Harvey Unga
18Owen Marecic
19Shaun Chapas
20Dorson Boyce
21Eric Kettani
22Braden Wilson
23Zach Boren
24Lonnie Pryor
25Ben Bartholomew
26Ina Liaina
27Quinn Johnson
28Owen Schmitt
29Brian Leonard
30James Baker
31Eddie Williams
32Alex Debniak
33Ryan Roberson
34Jonathan Amosa
35Rupert Bryan
36Cameron White
37Devonte Campbell
38Michael Zordich
39Jon Hoese
40Ben Guidugli
41Ryan D'Imperio
42Chad Abram
43Karl Williams
44Nate Eachus
45Jourdan Brooks
46Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Titus Young
6Darius Johnson
7Keenan Davis
8Lamont Bryant
9Ryan Whalen
10Jamar Newsome
11Terrence Toliver
12Tommy Streeter
13Greg Childs
14Kevin Hardy
15Tim Benford
16Devery Henderson
17Richard Goodman
18Ben Obomanu
19Taulib Ikharo
20Will Murphy
21Chad Bumphis
22Robby Toma
23Carlin Isles
24Braylon Bell
25Johnathan Haggerty
26Naaman Roosevelt
27Emmanuel Arceneaux
28Matt Willis
29Lavelle Hawkins
30Brett Swain
31Chaz Schilens
32Kevin Ogletree
33Brian Robiskie
34Tiquan Underwood
35Charly Martin
36Marcus Jackson
37Derek Moye
38Kamar Jorden
39Nicholas Johnson
40Jordan White
41Chris Summers
42Sederrick Cunningham
43Zach Rogers
44Roy Roundtree
45Dan Buckner
46Tyrone Goard
47Sam McGuffie
48Erik Highsmith
49Chip Reeves
50Mark Harrison
51Cole McKenzie
52Jamal Miles
53Rashad Evans
54T.J. Moe
55Jasper Collins
56Jeremy Ebert
57LaQuan Williams
58Diondre Borel
59Bert Reed
60Brandon Carswell
61Joseph Anderson
62Julius Pruitt
63Mardy Gilyard
64Jon Baldwin
65Chastin West
66Mike Davis
67Cody Hoffman
68Kadron Boone
69Nathan Slaughter
70Quintin Payton
71Wilson Van Hooser
72C.J. Goodwin
73Terrell Sinkfield
74Jheranie Boyd
75Eric Rogers
76Rashaad Carter
77Demetrius Fields
78Scott Pillar
WR21Braylon Edwards
2James Jones
3Davone Bess
4Anthony Armstrong
5Kerry Meier
6David Nelson
7Greg Little
8Kris Durham
9A.J. Jenkins
10Aaron Mellette
11Robert Gill
12Kealoha Pilares
13Donald Jones
14Brandon Banks
15Micheal Spurlock
16Jordan Shipley
17Drew Davis
18Raymond Radway
19Eric Page
20Chris Givens
21Darius Hanks
22Mohamed Massaquoi
23Earl Bennett
24Steve Breaston
25Josh Cribbs
26Donte' Stallworth
27Michael Jenkins
28Devin Aromashodu
29David Ball
30Jarett Dillard
31Dezmon Briscoe
32David Douglas
33Dale Moss
34Brandon Collins
35Tray Session
36Jeff Fuller
37Trindon Holliday
38David Reed
39Tim Toone
40Isaiah Williams
41Duke Calhoun
42Lanear Sampson
43Alec Lemon
44Josh Lenz
45Lamaar Thomas
46Martel Moore
47Dominique Croom
48Travis Harvey
49Charles Hawkins
50Alex Gillett
51Kain Colter
52Nicholas Edwards
53Greg Hardin
54Eric Ward
55Jerry Rice Jr.
56Eric Thomas
57L'Damian Washington
58Lacoltan Bester
59Kerry Taylor
60Jordan Harris
61Anthony McClung
62Jaz Reynolds
63Tyrell Williams
64Austin Franklin
65Alex Neutz
66Geraldo Boldewijn
67Kelsey Pope
68Micah Hatfield
69Perez Ashford
70Weston Dressler
71Jeremy Gallon
72Andy Cruse
73Anthony Amos
74R.J. Webb
75Andrew Helmick
76Jason Thompson
77Omarius Hines
78Gerrard Sheppard
79Rodrick Rumble
80Marvin McNutt
81Phil Bates
82Jerry Johnson
83Kevin Dorsey
84Brandon Kaufman
85Ronald Johnson
86Roberto Wallace
87Bobby Sewall
88Terrence Austin
89Joe Adams
90Tori Gurley
91Kevin Elliott
92Jared Green
93Mike Willie
94Michael Calvin
95Taveon Rogers
96Andrew DePaola
97James Shaw
98Devin Goda
99Deon Butler
100Darius Reynaud
101Early Doucet
102Patrick Crayton
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5James Jones
6Davone Bess
7Kris Durham
8A.J. Jenkins
TE1Leonard Pope
2Tony Scheffler
3David Thomas
4Zach Miller
5Kevin Boss
6Randy McMichael
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Phillip Supernaw
11Sean McGrath
12Andrew Szczerba
13Billy Bajema
14Kevin Brock
15D.J. Williams
16Tommy Gallarda
17Daniel Graham
18Steve Watson
19Jacob Pedersen
20D.J. Tialavea
21Emmanuel Ogbuehi
22Justin Jones
23Asa Watson
24Evan Wilson
25Jake Byrne
26Joel Dreessen
27Dan Gronkowski
28Martin Rucker
29Cameron Morrah
30Ben Hartsock
31Visanthe Shiancoe
32Weslye Saunders
33Jeron Mastrud
34Steve Maneri
35Dominique Curry
36Zach Potter
37Colin Cloherty
38Tom Crabtree
39Brody Eldridge
40Nate Byham
41Dedrick Epps
42Nelson Rosario
43Mason Brodine
44Mike McNeill
45Hayden Smith
46Joe Sawyer
47Matt Furstenburg
48Ben Cotton
49David Rolf
50Evan Landi
51Taylor Cook
52Colin Anderson
53Travis Tannahill
54Andre Hardy
55Tim Biere
56Brandon Barden
57Jamie McCoy
58Nathan Overbay
59Martell Webb
60Cameron Graham
61Michael Higgins
62Alex Silvestro
63Travis Beckum
64Richard Quinn
65Jake O'Connell
66Evan Moore
67Isaiah Stanback
68Morrell Presley
69Brian Wozniak
70Jason Schepler
71Chase Clement
72A.C. Leonard
73David Wright
74Nick Kasa
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2Nate Freese
3Shayne Graham
4Billy Cundiff
5Rob Bironas
6Garrett Hartley
7Alex Henery
8Matt Szymanski
9Derek Dimke
10Danny Hrapmann
11Brandon Bogotay
12Havard Rugland
13Austin Signor
14Morgan Lineberry
15Quinn Sharp
16Brett Baer
17Sergio Castillo
18Mitch Ewald
19Kevin Goessling
20Brett Maher
21Jose Maltos
22Adam Yates
23Zach Ramirez