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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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9Ricky Stanzi
10Josh Portis
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12Rex Grossman
13Vince Young
14Brady Quinn
15Kevin Kolb
16Jordan Palmer
17Tyler Thigpen
18Caleb Hanie
19Garrett Gilbert
20Keith Wenning
21Seth Lobato
22Tim Tebow
23Logan Kilgore
24Bryn Renner
25Brendon Kay
26Brett Smith
27James Franklin
28Chase Rettig
29Tommy Rees
30Brock Jensen
31Pat White
32Dennis Dixon
33Trent Edwards
34Jerrod Johnson
35Adam Weber
36Nate Enderle
37John Parker Wilson
38Jordan Rodgers
39Tyler Wilson
40Nick Stephens
41G.J. Kinne
42Alex Tanney
43Ryan Katz
44Colby Cameron
45Kyle Padron
46James Vandenberg
47Mike Hermann
48Nathan Stanley
49Dalton Williams
50Matt Brown
51Caleb TerBush
52Tim Jenkins
53Dayne Crist
54Tajh Boyd
55Stephen Morris
56Collin Klein
57Alex Carder
58Rusty Smith
59Keith Price
60Kory Faulkner
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2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
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7Andre Brown
8Jalen Parmele
9BenJarvus Green-Ellis
10Jamie Harper
11Chris Rainey
12Terrance Ganaway
13Edwin Baker
14Alvester Alexander
15Jeremy Stewart
16Brandon Saine
17D.J. Harper
18Jewel Hampton
19Zach Brown
20Jeff Demps
21Spencer Ware
22Tim Cornett
23Zurlon Tipton
24Stephen Houston
25Evan Royster
26Alex Green
27Dion Lewis
28Mikel Leshoure
29Lance Ball
30Isaac Redman
31Ray Rice
32Ronnie Brown
33Javarris James
34Josh Vaughan
35Darren Evans
36Delone Carter
37Anthony Allen
38Damien Berry
39Richard Murphy
40William Powell
41Phillip Tanner
42Derrick Strozier
43Demitrius Bronson
44David Fluellen
45Roy Finch
46Tim Flanders
47Jordan Lynch
48George Atkinson III
49Zach Bauman
50Terrance Cobb
51Dominique Williams
52Cierre Wood
53Stefphon Jefferson
54Michael Hill
55Ronnie Wingo
56Kendall Gaskins
57Deonte Williams
58Bradley Randle
59Quentin Hines
60De'Leon Eskridge
61Jordan Roberts
62Orwin Smith
63Armond Smith
64Tauren Poole
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2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
5Andre Brown
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
4Andre Brown
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2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Chris Pressley
8Brit Miller
9Quinn Johnson
10Harvey Unga
11Owen Marecic
12Shaun Chapas
13Dorson Boyce
14Eric Kettani
15Owen Schmitt
16Greg Jones
17Evan Rodriguez
18Collin Mooney
19Braden Wilson
20Zach Boren
21Zach Line
22Lonnie Pryor
23Jordan Campbell
24Ben Bartholomew
25Ina Liaina
26Stephen Campbell
27J.C. Copeland
28Chad Young
29Kadeem Jones
30Toben Opurum
31Maurice Hagens
32Roosevelt Nix
33James Baker
34Ryan D'Imperio
35Karl Williams
36Cameron White
37Chad Abram
38Nikita Whitlock
39Alex Debniak
40Ryan Roberson
41Jonathan Amosa
42Rupert Bryan
43Devonte Campbell
44Michael Zordich
45Jourdan Brooks
46Emil Igwenagu
47Nate Eachus
48Jon Hoese
49Ben Guidugli
50Eddie Williams
51Brock Bolen
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3Nate Burleson
4Jabar Gaffney
5Titus Young
6Michael Preston
7Darius Johnson
8Kevin Dorsey
9Keenan Davis
10Kevin Hardy
11Tim Benford
12Josh Bellamy
13Deonte Thompson
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28Brett Swain
29Chaz Schilens
30Brian Robiskie
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32Charly Martin
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34Naaman Roosevelt
35Emmanuel Arceneaux
36Jordan White
37Chris Summers
38Robby Toma
39Carlin Isles
40Javontee Herndon
41Donte Foster
42Chandler Jones
43Marcus Lucas
44Travis Labhart
45Seth Roberts
46Jonathan Krause
47Colin Lockett
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71Chip Reeves
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90Scott Pillar
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92LaQuan Williams
93Diondre Borel
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99Weston Dressler
100Tony Washington
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102Austin Franklin
103Kelsey Pope
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