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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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29Pat Devlin
30Matt Blanchard
31Dan LeFevour
32Austin Trainor
33Trevor Knight
34Jerry Lovelocke
35Chandler Harnish
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37Keith Wenning
38Cody Fajardo
39Shane Carden
40Griffin Neal
41Marquise Williams
42Max Wittek
43Joe Licata
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45Bart Houston
46David Olson
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48Sean Renfree
49David Fales
50Zach Mettenberger
51Stephen Morris
52Garrett Gilbert
53R.J. Archer
54Eli Jenkins
55Dalyn Williams
56Jake Waters
57Wes Lunt
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7Aaron Green
8Toby Gerhart
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11Alonzo Harris
12C.J. Spiller
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15Brandon Burks
16Terrell Newby
17Jahad Thomas
18Khalfani Muhammad
19Anthony Dixon
20Brandon Ross
21Cedric O'Neal
22Josh Harris
23Storm Johnson
24Darrin Reaves
25Zac Stacy
26Troymaine Pope
27Jordan Johnson
28Ronnie Hillman
29Bobby Rainey
30Marcus Murphy
31Daniel Lasco
32Akeem Judd
33Stevan Ridley
34Brandon Wilds
35Glenn Winston
36B.J. Daniels
37Jerome Smith
38George Atkinson III
39Jahwan Edwards
40Ross Scheuerman
41Kenneth Harper
42Jawon Chisholm
43Zac Brooks
44Brandon Brown-Dukes
45Jalen Simmons
46DuJuan Harris
47Matt Asiata
48Isaiah Pead
49Dan Herron
50Michael Dyer
51Jeremy Stewart
52Shaun Draughn
53William Stanback
54Keshawn Hill
55LaVance Taylor
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3Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
2James Starks
3Rashad Jennings
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2Andrew Bonnet
3Joe Don Duncan
4Ryan Mueller
5Cory Harkey
6Henry Hynoski
7Paul Lasike
8John Kuhn
9James Casey
10Darrel Young
11Erik Lorig
12Will Johnson
13Emil Igwenagu
14Jorvorskie Lane
15Lorenzo Taliaferro
16Julian Howsare
17Brandon Cottom
18Devon Johnson
19Quayvon Hicks
20Joe Kerridge
21Alstevis Squirewell
22Marquez Williams
23Freddie Stevenson
24Tyler McCloskey
25Anthony Firkser
26Joe Bacci
27Kiero Small
28J.C. Copeland
29Joey Iosefa
30Zach Boren
31Zach Line
32John Conner
33Blake Renaud
34Brad Smelley
35Kyle Coleman
36Juwan Thompson
37Patrick Skov
38Soma Vainuku
39Will Ratelle
40Glenn Gronkowski
41Jordan Campbell
42Darrin Laufasa
43Tyler Renew
44Sam Bergen
45Chris Swain
46Nikita Whitlock
47Trey Millard
48Tim Cook
49Zach Laskey
50John Robinson-Woodgett
51Malcolm Johnson
52Sione Houma
53Algernon Brown
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5Jerome Simpson
6Marcus Easley
7Douglas McNeil
8Stevie Johnson
9Eddie Royal
10Jacoby Ford
11Josh Morgan
12Tyler Davis
13Hakeem Nicks
14Corey Brown
15Corey Fuller
16Dwayne Bowe
17James Jones
18Preston Parker
19Greg Little
20Kris Durham
21Keenan Reynolds
22Devin Lucien
23Greg Ward Jr.
24Kyle Prater
25Miles Austin
26Kain Colter
27DeAndre Reaves
28Greg Salas
29Josh Huff
30Dres Anderson
31Freddie Martino
32Jordan Williams
33Jordan Leslie
34Marlon Brown
35Shane Wynn
36Ben Edwards
37Carlton Mitchell
38Nick Harwell
39Armon Binns
40Reggie Dunn
41Joshua Stangby
42Tevaun Smith
43Mitch Mathews
44Nelson Spruce
45Jared Dangerfield
46Andrew Turzilli
47Isaac Fruechte
48Zach D'Orazio
49Kenzel Doe
50Keyarris Garrett
51Damaris Johnson
52Nate Washington
53Damian Williams
54Marquess Wilson
55Josh Lenz
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61Solomon Patton
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63Dezmin Lewis
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66Tevin Reese
67Kenny Cook
68Issac Blakeney
69Michael Rector
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71Jaydon Mickens
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75Duke Williams
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78Tyler Murphy
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83Travis Labhart
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86Marlon Moore
87Jarrett Boykin
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89Joseph Anderson
90Louis Murphy
91Alonzo Russell
92Dennis Parks
93Quinshad Davis
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86Andre Davis
87Demetrius Wilson
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97Jarvis Turner
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111Ed Williams
112Danny Anthrop
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49Jeff Cumberland
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73Adrien Robinson
74Chris Pantale
75Jake Murphy
76Rory Anderson
77John Peters
78Tevin Westbrook
79Gannon Sinclair
80Jay Rome
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82Braxton Deaver
83M.J. McFarland
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85Keith Towbridge
86Rob Housler
87Arthur Lynch
88Dan Light
89Jack Tabb
90Jordan Thompson
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14Kevin Graf
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16Rob Crisp
17Fahn Cooper
18Avery Young
19Pace Murphy
20Zach Sterup
21Justin Senior
22Darrell Brown
23Tyreek Burwell
24Takoby Cofield
25Khalif Barnes
26Javarius Leamon
27Jason Fox
28Micah Hatchie
29Kyle Roberts
30Michael Oher
31Robert Myers
32Wil Freeman
33Vince Kowalski
34David Hedelin
35Taylor Fallin
36John Weidenaar
37Jake Rodgers
38Collin Buchanan
39Jonathan McLaughlin
40Cody Booth
41Justin Renfrow
42David Foucault
43Andrew McDonald
44Larson Graham
45Lars Hanson
46Garry Williams
47Roubbens Joseph
48John Kling
49Tyrus Thompson
50Chauncey Briggs
51Arturo Uzdavinis
52Donald Hawkins
53Jordan Swindle
54Jerry Ugokwe
55Max Rich
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3Sam Brenner
4Jarell Broxton
5Cyril Richardson
6Jake Simonich
7Dallas Thomas
8Orlando Franklin
9David Arkin
10Edawn Coughman
11Ryan Seymour
12Brandon Thomas
13Ben Heenan
14Antoine Everett
15Sebastian Tretola
16Oni Omoile
17Isaiah Williams
18Cameron Jefferson
19Jeff Adams
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21Adrian Bellard
22Dustin Stanton
23Lene Maiava
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28Josh Allen
29Ronald Patrick
30Mike Person
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32Matthew Masifilo
33Cameron Hunt
34Zach Voytek
35Kitt O'Brien
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37Collin Rahrig
38Vi Teofilo
39Darren Keyton
40Alex Cooper
41Alex Kozan
42Anthony Fabiano
43Nila Kasitati
44Garrick Mayweather
45Freddie Tagaloa
46Greg Pyke
47Richard Levy
48Pearce Slater
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5Joey Hunt
6Mitchell Bell
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8Julian Vandervelde
9Tim Lelito
10Jack Allen
11Kofi Amichia
12Cornelius Edison
13Marcus Henry
14Jacob Flores
15Fernando Velasco
16Jacques McClendon
17Tim Barnes
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20Barrett Jones
21Dalton Freeman
22Patrick Lewis
23Demetrius Rhaney
24Karim Barton
25Gabe Ikard
26Ben Clarke
27Ross Burbank
28Brian De La Puente
29Taylor Boggs
30Lucas Crowley
31James Stone
32Reese Dismukes
33Dillon Farrell
34Ben Gottschalk
35Braxston Cave
36Robert Kugler
37Mark Spelman
38Quinton Schooley
39Erik Austell
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42Ruben Carter
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44Donavon Clark
45Matt Rotheram
46Chris Muller
47Chris Barker
48Kent Perkins
49Mike McQueen
50Thomas Evans
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10Nick Ritcher
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14Norman Price
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17Robert Leff
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19Michael Williams
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27Kevin Bowen
28Josh James
29Ryan Mack
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32Andrew Lauderdale
33Jonah Pirsig
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36Andreas Knappe
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16Patrick Murray
17Mike Meyer
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