Player Page

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
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

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

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Robert Griffin III
3Josh Freeman
4Phillip Sims
5Ryan Lindley
6Luke McCown
7Charlie Whitehurst
8Johnny Manziel
9Aaron Murray
10G.J. Kinne
11Austin Davis
12Jerrod Johnson
13Ryan Williams
14Tim Tebow
15Bryan Bennett
16Seth Lobato
17Brad Sorensen
18Pat Devlin
19McLeod Bethel-Thompson
20Matt Blanchard
21Dan LeFevour
22Jerry Lovelocke
23Chandler Harnish
24Chase Rettig
25Jay Cutler
26Austin Trainor
27Marquise Williams
28Max Wittek
29Joe Licata
30Sean Renfree
31Dylan Thompson
32Cody Fajardo
33Shane Carden
34Griffin Neal
35Zach Mettenberger
36R.J. Archer
37Josh Woodrum
38Dalyn Williams
39Jake Waters
40Keith Wenning
RB1James Starks
2Rashad Jennings
3John Crockett
4Christine Michael
5Joseph Randle
6Khiry Robinson
7Toby Gerhart
8Alonzo Harris
9Jhurell Pressley
10Karlos Williams
11Joique Bell
12LaMichael James
13Dominique Williams
14Stevan Ridley
15Brandon Burks
16Anthony Dixon
17DuJuan Harris
18Darrin Reaves
19Josh Harris
20Brandon Ross
21Zac Stacy
22Brandon Brown-Dukes
23Jahwan Edwards
24Ross Scheuerman
25Kenneth Harper
26Jawon Chisholm
27Zac Brooks
28Jerome Smith
29Isaiah Pead
30Dan Herron
31Daryl Richardson
32Michael Dyer
33Tyler Gaffney
34Jeremy Stewart
35Glenn Winston
36Keshawn Hill
37LaVance Taylor
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
2Rashad Jennings
3James Starks
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Erik Lorig
3Will Johnson
4Emil Igwenagu
5Jorvorskie Lane
6Brandon Cottom
7James Casey
8Paul Lasike
9Andrew Bonnet
10Ryan Mueller
11Joe Don Duncan
12Will Ratelle
13Patrick Skov
14Blake Renaud
15John Conner
16Devon Johnson
17Alstevis Squirewell
18Zach Boren
19Kiero Small
20J.C. Copeland
21Joey Iosefa
22Brad Smelley
23Nikita Whitlock
24Trey Millard
25Chris Swain
26Jordan Campbell
27Sam Bergen
28Sione Houma
29Malcolm Johnson
WR11Jerome Simpson
2Marcus Easley
3Greg Jennings
4Marques Colston
5Dwayne Bowe
6James Jones
7Preston Parker
8Greg Little
9Kris Durham
10Kyle Prater
11Jacoby Ford
12Hakeem Nicks
13Josh Morgan
14Stevie Johnson
15Douglas McNeil
16Tyler Davis
17DeAndre Reaves
18Eddie Royal
19Greg Salas
20Miles Austin
21Kain Colter
22Reggie Dunn
23Nick Harwell
24Ben Edwards
25Tevin Reese
26Carlton Mitchell
27Armon Binns
28Kenny Cook
29Issac Blakeney
30Tevin Jones
31Joshua Stangby
32Jaxon Shipley
33Josh Lenz
34Eric Rogers
35Ricky Collins
36Andrew Turzilli
37Zach D'Orazio
38Kenzel Doe
39Jared Dangerfield
40T.J. Graham
41Damaris Johnson
42Damian Williams
43Robert Herron
44Devin Street
45Shaq Evans
46Solomon Patton
47Nate Washington
48Travis Labhart
49Donatella Luckett
50Marlon Moore
51Jarrett Boykin
52Lance Lewis
53Joseph Anderson
54Dennis Parks
55Quinshad Davis
56Rashaun Simonise
57Reece Horn
58Jerome Lane
59Josh Harper
60Rasheed Bailey
61Josh Stewart
62Tyler Murphy
63Marquez Clark
64Chandler Worthy
65Richard Mullaney
66Duke Williams
67L'Damian Washington
68David Porter
69Corey Washington
70DaVaris Daniels
71Ezell Ruffin
72Tyler McDonald
73Jeff Beathard
WR21Brian Hartline
2Roddy White
3Denarius Moore
4Chris Givens
5Marcus Thigpen
6Riley Cooper
7Ace Sanders
8Onterio McCalebb
9Nathan Palmer
10Tandon Doss
11DeVier Posey
12Mike Brown
13Andre Debose
14Shakim Phillips
15A.J. Jenkins
16Griff Whalen
17Ryan Whalen
18Joe Morgan
19Austin Pettis
20Ryan Broyles
21Emory Blake
22Kevin Smith
23R.J. Harris
24Jacoby Jones
25Antwan Goodley
26Kadron Boone
27Ryan Lankford
28James Butler
29Clyde Gates
30Marcus Harris
31Valdez Showers
32Reggie Bell
33Milton Williams III
34Chris Harper
35Amir Carlisle
36Isiah Ferguson
37Daniel Rodriguez
38A.J. Cruz
39Jay Lee
40Devante Davis
41Devon Wylie
42Jimmie Hunt
43Mike Williams
44Phil Bates
45Michael Preston
46Trindon Holliday
47Christion Jones
48Levi Norwood
49Dres Anderson
50Danny Anthrop
51Marken Michel
52Ed Williams
53Tony Washington
54K.J. Maye
55Michael Bennett
56Paul Browning
57Austin Willis
58Chris King
59Kashif Moore
60Kenbrell Thompkins
61Saalim Hakim
62Juron Criner
63Stephen Hill
64Durron Neal
65David Glidden
66Kieran Duncan
67Jarvis Turner
68T.J. Thorpe
69Andre Davis
70Demetrius Wilson
71Josh Reese
72DiAndre Campbell
73Trevor Harman
74Tom Nelson
75Leonard Hankerson
WR31Marques Colston
2Chris Givens
3Riley Cooper
TE1Owen Daniels
2Gary Barnidge
3Ladarius Green
4Tony Moeaki
5Dante Rosario
6Scott Chandler
7Craig Stevens
8Zach Sudfeld
9Brandon Bostick
10Andrew Quarless
11Kyle Miller
12Bruce Miller
13Nic Jacobs
14Chase Ford
15Dominique Jones
16Matt Spaeth
17Mickey Shuler
18Beau Gardner
19Michael Cooper
20Bryce Williams
21Casey Pierce
22Mike McFarland
23Gerald Christian
24Rob Blanchflower
25Jacob Maxwell
26D.J. Williams
27Chase Coffman
28Cameron Clear
29Orson Charles
30Nick Kasa
31Chase Dixon
32Richard Gordon
33Justice Cunningham
34David Paulson
35Steve Maneri
36Gerell Robinson
37Brandon Barden
38Jake Stoneburner
39Rob Housler
40Arthur Lynch
41Jordan Thompson
42Dan Light
43Jack Tabb
44Kevin Greene
45Adrien Robinson
46Ryan Taylor
47Konrad Reuland
48Brett Brackett
49Michael Egnew
50Jake Murphy
51Rory Anderson
52Gannon Sinclair
53John Peters
54Jay Rome
55Kivon Cartwright
56Braxton Deaver
57M.J. McFarland
58Clayton Echard
LT1Ryan Clady
2King Dunlap
3Eugene Monroe
4Charles Brown
5Cameron Bradfield
6Carter Bykowski
7Martin Wallace
8Rob Crisp
9Kyle Roberts
10Takoby Cofield
11Micah Hatchie
12Jason Fox
13Tyson Chandler
14Cyrus Kouandjio
15Jordan Rigsbee
16Donald Hawkins
17Lars Hanson
18Garry Williams
19John Weidenaar
20David Hedelin
21Vince Kowalski
22Taylor Fallin
23Collin Buchanan
24Cody Booth
25Justin Renfrow
26David Foucault
27Andrew McDonald
28Jordan Swindle
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Ben Grubbs
3David Arkin
4Edawn Coughman
5Ryan Seymour
6Ben Heenan
7Antoine Everett
8Sam Brenner
9Mackenzy Bernadeau
10Darren Keyton
11Tanner Hawkinson
12Collin Rahrig
13Vi Teofilo
14Adrian Bellard
15Jake Bernstein
16Lene Maiava
17Jamison Lalk
18Al Bond
19Chris Watt
20Brian Folkerts
21Matthew Masifilo
22Alex Cooper
23Garrick Mayweather
24Pearce Slater
C1Nick Mangold
2Manuel Ramirez
3Julian Vandervelde
4Mitchell Bell
5Marcus Henry
6Fernando Velasco
7Jacques McClendon
8Drew Nowak
9Garth Gerhart
10Barrett Jones
11Dalton Freeman
12Ben Clarke
13Ross Burbank
14Brian De La Puente
15Reese Dismukes
16Ben Gottschalk
17Quinton Schooley
18Robert Kugler
19Braxston Cave
20Dillon Farrell
21Greg Van Roten
RG1Todd Herremans
2Louis Vasquez
3Geoff Schwartz
4Cyril Lemon
5Tre' Jackson
6Leon Brown
7Paul Fanaika
8Hugh Thornton
9Jared Smith
10Darrion Weems
11Garrett Gilkey
12Kitt O'Brien
13Shahbaz Ahmed
14Trip Thurman
15Alvin Bailey
16Adam Replogle
17Antoine McClain
18Ryker Mathews
19Boston Stiverson
20Terran Vaughn
21Donovan Williams
22Malcolm Bunche
23Tyler Johnstone
24Mike McQueen
RT1J'Marcus Webb
2Erik Pears
3Tayo Fabuluje
4Adrian Bellard
5Mitchell Van Dyk
6Sebastian Vollmer
7Patrick Miller
8Nick Ritcher
9Darryl Baldwin
10Isiah Cage
11Lamar Holmes
12Michael Williams
13Luke Marquardt
14Colin Kelly
15Pierce Burton
16Kona Schwenke
17Zeth Ramsay
18Ryan Mack
19Torian White
20Marquis Lucas
K1Mike Nugent
2Josh Brown
3Dan Carpenter
4Travis Coons
5Carey Spear
6Justin Manton
7Corey Acosta
8Marshall Morgan
9Andrew Furney
10Billy Cundiff
11John Lunsford
12Jaden Oberkrom
13Shaun Suisham
14Brandon Bogotay
15Zach Hocker
16Kyle Brindza
17Taylor Bertolet
18Brad Craddock
19Devon Bell
20Shayne Graham
21Brett Maher
22Tom Obarski
23Ty Long