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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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PosRoleName
QB1B.J. Coleman
2David Carr
3Rex Grossman
4Vince Young
5Brady Quinn
6Kevin Kolb
7Caleb Hanie
8Tim Tebow
9Curtis Painter
10John Skelton
11Josh Portis
12Jerrod Johnson
13Adam Weber
14Pat Devlin
15Nate Enderle
16John Parker Wilson
17Pat White
18Trent Edwards
19Nick Stephens
20Tyler Wilson
21Jordan Rodgers
22Brendon Kay
23Logan Kilgore
24Ryan Katz
25Colby Cameron
26Kyle Padron
27James Vandenberg
28Mike Hermann
29Nathan Stanley
30Dalton Williams
31Matt Brown
32Caleb TerBush
33Tim Jenkins
34Dayne Crist
35Brett Smith
36James Franklin
37Chase Rettig
38Tommy Rees
39Brock Jensen
40Keith Price
41Kory Faulkner
42Alex Carder
43Collin Klein
44Rusty Smith
RB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Brandon Jackson
5D.J. Ware
6Maurice Jones-Drew
7Chris Johnson
8Ryan Torain
9Beanie Wells
10Andre Brown
11Jalen Parmele
12Peyton Hillis
13BenJarvus Green-Ellis
14Jamie Harper
15Chris Rainey
16Terrance Ganaway
17Alvester Alexander
18Jewel Hampton
19Zach Brown
20Evan Royster
21Mikel Leshoure
22Alex Green
23Lance Ball
24Isaac Redman
25Michael Bush
26Ray Rice
27D.J. Harper
28Tim Cornett
29Stephen Houston
30Brandon Saine
31Armond Smith
32Derrick Strozier
33David Fluellen
34Roy Finch
35Tim Flanders
36Jordan Lynch
37Jordan Roberts
38Orwin Smith
39Kapri Bibbs
40Javarris James
41Josh Vaughan
42Darren Evans
43Delone Carter
44Anthony Allen
45Damien Berry
46Richard Murphy
47William Powell
48Cierre Wood
49Stefphon Jefferson
50Deonte Williams
51Bradley Randle
52Quentin Hines
53De'Leon Eskridge
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Maurice Jones-Drew
4Pierre Thomas
5Chris Johnson
6Ryan Torain
7Beanie Wells
8Andre Brown
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Chris Johnson
3Steven Jackson
4Maurice Jones-Drew
5D.J. Ware
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Frank Summers
8Chris Pressley
9Brit Miller
10Will Ta'ufo'ou
11Bradie Ewing
12Collin Mooney
13Braden Wilson
14Zach Boren
15Lonnie Pryor
16Harvey Unga
17Owen Marecic
18Shaun Chapas
19Dorson Boyce
20Eric Kettani
21Quinn Johnson
22Owen Schmitt
23Brian Leonard
24Ben Bartholomew
25Ina Liaina
26Stephen Campbell
27J.C. Copeland
28Chad Young
29Kadeem Jones
30James Baker
31Maurice Hagens
32Karl Williams
33Chad Abram
34Alex Debniak
35Ryan Roberson
36Jonathan Amosa
37Rupert Bryan
38Cameron White
39Eddie Williams
40Jon Hoese
41Ben Guidugli
42Ryan D'Imperio
43Devonte Campbell
44Michael Zordich
45Jourdan Brooks
46Nate Eachus
47Brock Bolen
WR11Laurent Robinson
2Nate Burleson
3Jabar Gaffney
4Lance Moore
5Santonio Holmes
6Titus Young
7Darius Johnson
8Greg Childs
9Lamont Bryant
10Keenan Davis
11Erik Lora
12Ryan Whalen
13Jamar Newsome
14Terrence Toliver
15Richard Goodman
16Kevin Hardy
17Tim Benford
18Ben Obomanu
19Devery Henderson
20Taulib Ikharo
21Robby Toma
22Carlin Isles
23Emmanuel Arceneaux
24Naaman Roosevelt
25Matt Willis
26Lavelle Hawkins
27Brett Swain
28Chaz Schilens
29Brian Robiskie
30Tiquan Underwood
31Charly Martin
32Marcus Jackson
33Derek Moye
34Kamar Jorden
35Nicholas Johnson
36Johnathan Haggerty
37Roy Roundtree
38Chad Bumphis
39Sederrick Cunningham
40Jordan White
41Chris Summers
42Dan Buckner
43Zach Rogers
44Mark Harrison
45Cole McKenzie
46Jamal Miles
47Rashad Evans
48Tyrone Goard
49Sam McGuffie
50Jeremy Ebert
51T.J. Moe
52Jasper Collins
53Terrell Sinkfield
54Jheranie Boyd
55Eric Rogers
56Rashaad Carter
57Erik Highsmith
58Chip Reeves
59Mike Davis
60Cody Hoffman
61Quintin Payton
62Wilson Van Hooser
63C.J. Goodwin
64Jon Baldwin
65Chastin West
66LaQuan Williams
67Diondre Borel
68Bert Reed
69Brandon Carswell
70Joseph Anderson
71Julius Pruitt
72Mardy Gilyard
73Demetrius Fields
74Scott Pillar
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Greg Jennings
3Davone Bess
4Anthony Armstrong
5David Nelson
6Kerry Meier
7Greg Little
8Kris Durham
9A.J. Jenkins
10Aaron Mellette
11Robert Gill
12Drew Davis
13Raymond Radway
14Eric Page
15Chris Givens
16Darius Hanks
17Kealoha Pilares
18Donald Jones
19Brandon Banks
20Jordan Shipley
21Mohamed Massaquoi
22Earl Bennett
23Micheal Spurlock
24Steve Breaston
25Donte' Stallworth
26Michael Jenkins
27David Ball
28Devin Aromashodu
29Jarett Dillard
30Dezmon Briscoe
31David Reed
32Tim Toone
33Isaiah Williams
34Duke Calhoun
35David Douglas
36Dale Moss
37Brandon Collins
38Tray Session
39Jeff Fuller
40Lanear Sampson
41Alec Lemon
42Lamaar Thomas
43Dominique Croom
44Martel Moore
45Nicholas Edwards
46Charles Hawkins
47Alex Gillett
48Greg Hardin
49Lacoltan Bester
50Eric Thomas
51Jaz Reynolds
52Austin Franklin
53Alex Neutz
54Geraldo Boldewijn
55Kelsey Pope
56Anthony McClung
57Jordan Harris
58Micah Hatfield
59Weston Dressler
60Perez Ashford
61Rodrick Rumble
62Jason Thompson
63Omarius Hines
64Gerrard Sheppard
65Andy Cruse
66Anthony Amos
67R.J. Webb
68Andrew Helmick
69Jerry Johnson
70Brandon Kaufman
71Marvin McNutt
72Joe Adams
73Tori Gurley
74Kevin Elliott
75Jared Green
76Mike Willie
77Michael Calvin
78Taveon Rogers
79Andrew DePaola
80James Shaw
81Devin Goda
82Ronald Johnson
83Roberto Wallace
84Bobby Sewall
85Terrence Austin
86Deon Butler
87Darius Reynaud
88Early Doucet
89Patrick Crayton
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Greg Jennings
5Laurent Robinson
6Davone Bess
7Kris Durham
8A.J. Jenkins
TE1Randy McMichael
2Leonard Pope
3Tony Scheffler
4David Thomas
5Zach Miller
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Jamie Childers
11Steve Watson
12Tommy Gallarda
13D.J. Williams
14Sean McGrath
15Andrew Szczerba
16Daniel Graham
17Billy Bajema
18Dan Gronkowski
19Tom Crabtree
20Brody Eldridge
21Nate Byham
22Dedrick Epps
23Martin Rucker
24Cameron Morrah
25Joel Dreessen
26Ben Hartsock
27Visanthe Shiancoe
28Nelson Rosario
29Jake Byrne
30Weslye Saunders
31Mike McNeill
32Hayden Smith
33Zach Potter
34Colin Cloherty
35Jeron Mastrud
36Steve Maneri
37Dominique Curry
38Matt Furstenburg
39Ben Cotton
40David Rolf
41Joe Sawyer
42Jacob Pedersen
43D.J. Tialavea
44Justin Jones
45Asa Watson
46Evan Wilson
47Morrell Presley
48Brian Wozniak
49David Wright
50Evan Landi
51Taylor Cook
52Colin Anderson
53Travis Tannahill
54Jason Schepler
55Chase Clement
56A.C. Leonard
57Cameron Graham
58Michael Higgins
59Alex Silvestro
60Andre Hardy
61Martell Webb
62Tim Biere
63Travis Beckum
64Richard Quinn
65Jake O'Connell
66Isaiah Stanback
67Jamie McCoy
68Nathan Overbay
69Evan Moore
K1Maikon Bonani
2Nate Freese
3Billy Cundiff
4Rob Bironas
5Alex Henery
6Matt Szymanski
7Danny Hrapmann
8Brandon Bogotay
9Havard Rugland
10Austin Signor
11Morgan Lineberry
12Quinn Sharp
13Brett Baer
14Sergio Castillo
15Mitch Ewald
16Kevin Goessling
17Brett Maher
18Jose Maltos
19Adam Yates
20Zach Ramirez