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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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QB1Josh Freeman
2B.J. Coleman
3Kellen Moore
4Chandler Harnish
5Tim Tebow
6David Carr
7Rex Grossman
8Vince Young
9Brady Quinn
10Kevin Kolb
11Caleb Hanie
12Curtis Painter
13John Skelton
14Mike Kafka
15Josh Portis
16Jerrod Johnson
17Adam Weber
18Jordan Rodgers
19Brendon Kay
20Logan Kilgore
21Chase Rettig
22Tommy Rees
23Brock Jensen
24Pat White
25Trent Edwards
26Nate Enderle
27John Parker Wilson
28Nick Stephens
29Tyler Wilson
30Ryan Katz
31Colby Cameron
32Kyle Padron
33James Vandenberg
34Mike Hermann
35Nathan Stanley
36Dalton Williams
37Matt Brown
38Caleb TerBush
39Tim Jenkins
40Dayne Crist
41Tajh Boyd
42Brett Smith
43James Franklin
44Keith Price
45Collin Klein
46Rusty Smith
47Kory Faulkner
48Alex Carder
RB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Pierre Thomas
4Chris Johnson
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Maurice Jones-Drew
9Reggie Bush
10Brandon Jackson
11D.J. Ware
12Jalen Parmele
13Peyton Hillis
14BenJarvus Green-Ellis
15Jamie Harper
16Chris Rainey
17Terrance Ganaway
18Alvester Alexander
19D.J. Harper
20Jewel Hampton
21Zach Brown
22Tim Cornett
23Stephen Houston
24Brandon Saine
25Alex Green
26Evan Royster
27Ray Rice
28Mikel Leshoure
29Lance Ball
30Isaac Redman
31Michael Bush
32Javarris James
33Josh Vaughan
34Darren Evans
35Delone Carter
36Anthony Allen
37Damien Berry
38Richard Murphy
39William Powell
40Armond Smith
41Derrick Strozier
42David Fluellen
43Roy Finch
44Tim Flanders
45Jordan Lynch
46Cierre Wood
47Stefphon Jefferson
48Deonte Williams
49Bradley Randle
50Quentin Hines
51De'Leon Eskridge
52Jordan Roberts
53Orwin Smith
54Kapri Bibbs
55Tauren Poole
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Michael Turner
3Maurice Jones-Drew
4Reggie Bush
5Pierre Thomas
6Chris Johnson
7Ryan Torain
8Beanie Wells
9Andre Brown
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Chris Johnson
3Steven Jackson
4Reggie Bush
5D.J. Ware
6Maurice Jones-Drew
7Beanie Wells
8Andre Brown
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Frank Summers
8Chris Pressley
9Brit Miller
10Ray Agnew
11Maurice Hagens
12Collin Mooney
13Ben Bartholomew
14Ina Liaina
15Stephen Campbell
16J.C. Copeland
17Chad Young
18Kadeem Jones
19Braden Wilson
20Zach Boren
21Lonnie Pryor
22Harvey Unga
23Owen Marecic
24Shaun Chapas
25Dorson Boyce
26Eric Kettani
27Quinn Johnson
28Owen Schmitt
29Brian Leonard
30James Baker
31Ryan D'Imperio
32Jon Hoese
33Ben Guidugli
34Nate Eachus
35Devonte Campbell
36Michael Zordich
37Eddie Williams
38Chad Abram
39Alex Debniak
40Ryan Roberson
41Jonathan Amosa
42Rupert Bryan
43Cameron White
44Jourdan Brooks
45Karl Williams
46Brock Bolen
WR11Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Lance Moore
4Santonio Holmes
5Jacoby Jones
6Laurent Robinson
7Brandon Gibson
8Titus Young
9Joe Morgan
10Darius Johnson
11Keenan Davis
12Taulib Ikharo
13Erik Lora
14Greg Childs
15Ryan Whalen
16Jamar Newsome
17Terrence Toliver
18Devery Henderson
19Richard Goodman
20Kevin Hardy
21Tim Benford
22LaRon Byrd
23Lamont Bryant
24Ben Obomanu
25Ted Ginn
26Tiquan Underwood
27Charly Martin
28Matt Willis
29Lavelle Hawkins
30Brett Swain
31Chaz Schilens
32Brian Robiskie
33Ifeanyi Momah
34Sederrick Cunningham
35Zach Rogers
36Marcus Jackson
37Derek Moye
38Kamar Jorden
39Nicholas Johnson
40Johnathan Haggerty
41Naaman Roosevelt
42Emmanuel Arceneaux
43Robby Toma
44Carlin Isles
45Chad Bumphis
46Jordan White
47Chris Summers
48Dan Buckner
49Roy Roundtree
50Erik Highsmith
51Tyrone Goard
52Sam McGuffie
53Terrell Sinkfield
54Jheranie Boyd
55Eric Rogers
56Rashaad Carter
57Demetrius Fields
58Scott Pillar
59Chip Reeves
60Mike Davis
61Cody Hoffman
62Quintin Payton
63Wilson Van Hooser
64C.J. Goodwin
65Jon Baldwin
66Chastin West
67Jeremy Ebert
68LaQuan Williams
69Diondre Borel
70Bert Reed
71Brandon Carswell
72Joseph Anderson
73Mark Harrison
74Cole McKenzie
75Jamal Miles
76Rashad Evans
77T.J. Moe
78Jasper Collins
79Julius Pruitt
80Mardy Gilyard
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Brian Hartline
4Anthony Armstrong
5Harry Douglas
6Kerry Meier
7David Nelson
8Greg Little
9A.J. Jenkins
10Eric Page
11Chris Givens
12Kealoha Pilares
13Raymond Radway
14Donald Jones
15Brandon Banks
16Earl Bennett
17Jordan Shipley
18Mohamed Massaquoi
19Micheal Spurlock
20Steve Breaston
21Donte' Stallworth
22Darius Hanks
23Aaron Mellette
24Robert Gill
25Martel Moore
26Lanear Sampson
27Alec Lemon
28Lamaar Thomas
29David Douglas
30Dale Moss
31Brandon Collins
32Tray Session
33Dominique Croom
34Nicholas Edwards
35Charles Hawkins
36Alex Gillett
37Eric Thomas
38Lacoltan Bester
39Greg Hardin
40Michael Jenkins
41David Ball
42Devin Aromashodu
43Jarett Dillard
44Dezmon Briscoe
45David Reed
46Tim Toone
47Isaiah Williams
48Duke Calhoun
49Jeff Fuller
50Joe Adams
51Marvin McNutt
52Kevin Elliott
53Jared Green
54Mike Willie
55Michael Calvin
56Taveon Rogers
57Tori Gurley
58Ronald Johnson
59Roberto Wallace
60Bobby Sewall
61Terrence Austin
62Darius Reynaud
63Deon Butler
64Early Doucet
65Patrick Crayton
66Micah Hatfield
67Jordan Harris
68Jaz Reynolds
69Austin Franklin
70Alex Neutz
71Geraldo Boldewijn
72Kelsey Pope
73Anthony McClung
74Weston Dressler
75Perez Ashford
76Jason Thompson
77Omarius Hines
78Gerrard Sheppard
79Andy Cruse
80Anthony Amos
81R.J. Webb
82Andrew Helmick
83Andrew DePaola
84James Shaw
85Devin Goda
86Jerry Johnson
87Rodrick Rumble
88Brandon Kaufman
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Santonio Holmes
4Laurent Robinson
5Davone Bess
6Harry Douglas
7Brian Hartline
8Brandon Gibson
9A.J. Jenkins
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Leonard Pope
3Tony Scheffler
4David Thomas
5Randy McMichael
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Adam Nissley
9Danny Noble
10Jamie Childers
11Sean McGrath
12D.J. Williams
13Tommy Gallarda
14James Casey
15Daniel Graham
16Steve Watson
17Andrew Szczerba
18Billy Bajema
19Nelson Rosario
20Jacob Pedersen
21D.J. Tialavea
22Emmanuel Ogbuehi
23Matt Furstenburg
24Ben Cotton
25David Rolf
26Justin Jones
27Asa Watson
28Evan Wilson
29Ben Hartsock
30Visanthe Shiancoe
31Cameron Morrah
32Martin Rucker
33Joel Dreessen
34Tom Crabtree
35Brody Eldridge
36Nate Byham
37Dedrick Epps
38Dan Gronkowski
39Zach Potter
40Colin Cloherty
41Weslye Saunders
42Jeron Mastrud
43Steve Maneri
44Dominique Curry
45Jake Byrne
46Hayden Smith
47Joe Sawyer
48Andre Hardy
49Martell Webb
50Cameron Graham
51Michael Higgins
52Alex Silvestro
53Evan Moore
54Jamie McCoy
55Nathan Overbay
56Travis Beckum
57Richard Quinn
58Jake O'Connell
59Isaiah Stanback
60Morrell Presley
61Brian Wozniak
62Evan Landi
63Taylor Cook
64Colin Anderson
65Travis Tannahill
66Jason Schepler
67Chase Clement
68A.C. Leonard
69Joe Don Duncan
70David Wright
71Tim Biere
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2Billy Cundiff
3Rob Bironas
4Alex Henery
5Nate Freese
6Sergio Castillo
7Mitch Ewald
8Kevin Goessling
9Matt Szymanski
10Danny Hrapmann
11Brandon Bogotay
12Havard Rugland
13Austin Signor
14Morgan Lineberry
15Quinn Sharp
16Brett Baer
17Brett Maher
18Jose Maltos
19Jordan Gay
20Adam Yates
21Zach Ramirez