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Maurice Morris | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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
QB1Kyle Orton
2Josh Freeman
3B.J. Coleman
4Thad Lewis
5Josh Portis
6John Skelton
7Tyler Thigpen
8Caleb Hanie
9Vince Young
10Brady Quinn
11Kevin Kolb
12David Carr
13McLeod Bethel-Thompson
14Tim Tebow
15Ryan Lindley
16Jordan Rodgers
17Bryn Renner
18Jeff Mathews
19Logan Kilgore
20Ryan Katz
21Colby Cameron
22Kyle Padron
23James Vandenberg
24Mike Hermann
25Nathan Stanley
26Dalton Williams
27Matt Brown
28Caleb TerBush
29Tim Jenkins
30Dayne Crist
31Brett Smith
32James Franklin
33Chase Rettig
34Tommy Rees
35Brock Jensen
36Trent Edwards
37Pat White
38Dennis Dixon
39John Parker Wilson
40Jerrod Johnson
41Adam Weber
42Nate Enderle
43Nick Stephens
44Alex Tanney
45Collin Klein
46Rusty Smith
47Keith Price
48Kory Faulkner
49Alex Carder
RB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Jamie Harper
9Chris Rainey
10Terrance Ganaway
11Edwin Baker
12Alvester Alexander
13Tauren Poole
14Jewel Hampton
15Zach Brown
16Brandon Saine
17D.J. Harper
18Tim Cornett
19Isaac Redman
20Lance Ball
21Javarris James
22Darren Evans
23Delone Carter
24Anthony Allen
25Damien Berry
26Richard Murphy
27William Powell
28Tim Flanders
29Terrance Cobb
30Jordan Roberts
31Orwin Smith
32Armond Smith
33Cierre Wood
34Stefphon Jefferson
35Ronnie Wingo
36Deonte Williams
37Bradley Randle
38Quentin Hines
39De'Leon Eskridge
GLB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
5Andre Brown
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
4Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Chris Pressley
7Brit Miller
8Braden Wilson
9Zach Boren
10Harvey Unga
11Owen Marecic
12Dorson Boyce
13Owen Schmitt
14Quinn Johnson
15Roosevelt Nix
16James Baker
17Ben Bartholomew
18Ina Liaina
19Stephen Campbell
20J.C. Copeland
21Chad Young
22Kadeem Jones
23Chad Abram
24Alex Debniak
25Ryan Roberson
26Jonathan Amosa
27Rupert Bryan
28Cameron White
29Ryan D'Imperio
30Eddie Williams
31Jon Hoese
32Ben Guidugli
33Nate Eachus
34Jourdan Brooks
35Devonte Campbell
36Brock Bolen
WR11Laurent Robinson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Titus Young
4Darius Johnson
5Keenan Davis
6Lamont Bryant
7Taulib Ikharo
8Erik Lora
9Ryan Whalen
10Terrence Toliver
11Juron Criner
12Greg Childs
13Kevin Hardy
14Tim Benford
15Ben Obomanu
16Richard Goodman
17Devery Henderson
18Matt Willis
19Lavelle Hawkins
20Brett Swain
21Chaz Schilens
22Tiquan Underwood
23Charly Martin
24Marcus Jackson
25Kamar Jorden
26Nicholas Johnson
27Jordan White
28Chris Summers
29Chandler Jones
30Emmanuel Arceneaux
31Robby Toma
32Carlin Isles
33Skye Dawson
34Jonathan Krause
35Jeremy Kelley
36Sederrick Cunningham
37Zach Rogers
38Roy Roundtree
39Johnathan Haggerty
40Jon Baldwin
41Sam McGuffie
42Tyrone Goard
43Erik Highsmith
44Chip Reeves
45Cole McKenzie
46Jamal Miles
47Rashad Evans
48T.J. Moe
49Jasper Collins
50Kevin Smith
51Quintin Payton
52Wilson Van Hooser
53C.J. Goodwin
54Terrell Sinkfield
55Jheranie Boyd
56Eric Rogers
57Rashaad Carter
58Demetrius Fields
59Scott Pillar
60Mike Davis
61Cody Hoffman
62Kadron Boone
63LaQuan Williams
64Diondre Borel
65Bert Reed
66Brandon Carswell
67Joseph Anderson
68Julius Pruitt
69Mardy Gilyard
70Chastin West
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Anthony Armstrong
3Davone Bess
4Kerry Meier
5Jordan Shipley
6Jacoby Ford
7Donald Jones
8Brandon Banks
9Kealoha Pilares
10Raymond Radway
11Earl Bennett
12Mohamed Massaquoi
13Steve Breaston
14Donte' Stallworth
15Eric Page
16Chris Givens
17Darius Hanks
18Aaron Mellette
19Robert Gill
20David Douglas
21Brandon Collins
22Tray Session
23Jeff Fuller
24Alec Lemon
25Lamaar Thomas
26Martel Moore
27Nicholas Edwards
28Dominique Croom
29Eric Thomas
30Greg Hardin
31Chris Harper
32Michael Jenkins
33David Ball
34Devin Aromashodu
35Jarett Dillard
36Armon Binns
37Tommy Streeter
38Isaiah Williams
39Tim Toone
40Duke Calhoun
41David Reed
42Terrence Austin
43Roberto Wallace
44Bobby Sewall
45Ronald Johnson
46Tori Gurley
47Deon Butler
48Darius Reynaud
49Early Doucet
50Patrick Crayton
51Micah Hatfield
52Tony Washington
53Jaz Reynolds
54Alex Neutz
55Kelsey Pope
56Anthony McClung
57Jordan Harris
58Jason Thompson
59Omarius Hines
60Gerrard Sheppard
61Rashad Ross
62Andy Cruse
63Anthony Amos
64R.J. Webb
65Andrew Helmick
66Weston Dressler
67Chris Boyd
68Perez Ashford
69Rodrick Rumble
70Ryan Spadola
71Jerry Johnson
72Joe Adams
73Devon Wylie
74Marvin McNutt
75Kevin Elliott
76Jared Green
77Mike Willie
78Michael Calvin
79Taveon Rogers
80Andrew DePaola
81James Shaw
82Devin Goda
83Brandon Kaufman
WR31Jabar Gaffney
2Laurent Robinson
3Davone Bess
TE1Aaron Hernandez
2Adam Nissley
3Danny Noble
4Randy McMichael
5Leonard Pope
6Tony Scheffler
7David Thomas
8Kevin Boss
9Daniel Graham
10Jamie Childers
11Andrew Szczerba
12Steve Watson
13Billy Bajema
14D.J. Williams
15Tommy Gallarda
16Sean McGrath
17Jake Byrne
18Konrad Reuland
19Dominique Curry
20Tom Crabtree
21Brody Eldridge
22Nate Byham
23Dedrick Epps
24Nelson Rosario
25Joe Sawyer
26Matt Furstenburg
27Ben Cotton
28David Rolf
29Hayden Smith
30Justin Jones
31Joel Dreessen
32Martin Rucker
33Dan Gronkowski
34Colin Cloherty
35Kevin Brock
36Ben Hartsock
37Visanthe Shiancoe
38Evan Moore
39Travis Beckum
40Richard Quinn
41Jake O'Connell
42Isaiah Stanback
43Brian Wozniak
44Jerome Cunningham
45Evan Landi
46Taylor Cook
47Colin Anderson
48Travis Tannahill
49Chase Clement
50Adam Schiltz
51A.C. Leonard
52Joe Don Duncan
53Blake Annen
54Chase Dixon
55David Wright
56Tim Biere
57Ryan Otten
58Jamie McCoy
59Martell Webb
60Michael Higgins
61Alex Silvestro
62Brett Brackett
63Cameron Graham
K1Jay Feely
2Rob Bironas
3Garrett Hartley
4Matt Szymanski
5Danny Hrapmann
6Brandon Bogotay
7Havard Rugland
8Austin Signor
9Dustin Hopkins
10Morgan Lineberry
11Quinn Sharp
12Brett Baer
13Brett Maher
14Jose Maltos
15Adam Yates
16Zach Ramirez
17Carey Spear
18Michael Palardy
19Sergio Castillo
20Mitch Ewald
21Kevin Goessling