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Maurice Morris | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/1/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 216
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (54) / SEA
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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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8Mike Bercovici
9Tim Tebow
10Ryan Williams
11G.J. Kinne
12Alex Tanney
13Sean Renfree
14B.J. Daniels
15Johnny Manziel
16Brandon Doughty
17Jerrod Johnson
18R.J. Archer
19Josh Woodrum
20Marquise Williams
21Max Wittek
22Joe Licata
23Garrett Gilbert
24Dustin Vaughan
25Dylan Thompson
26Cody Fajardo
27Shane Carden
28Griffin Neal
29Matt Blanchard
30Dan LeFevour
31Austin Trainor
32McLeod Bethel-Thompson
33Pat Devlin
34Jerry Lovelocke
35Chase Rettig
36Chandler Harnish
37Jake Waters
38Dalyn Williams
RB1Joseph Randle
2Toby Gerhart
3Zurlon Tipton
4Dreamius Smith
5Terron Ward
6Alonzo Harris
7LaMichael James
8Jhurell Pressley
9C.J. Spiller
10Brandon Burks
11Brandon Wilds
12Dominique Williams
13Joique Bell
14Stephen Houston
15Andre Williams
16Brandon Ross
17Don Jackson
18Josh Harris
19Anthony Dixon
20Zac Stacy
21Kerwynn Williams
22Brandon Wegher
23Storm Johnson
24Dan Herron
25Jahwan Edwards
26Ross Scheuerman
27Darrin Reaves
28Jerome Smith
29Brandon Brown-Dukes
30Kenneth Harper
31Jawon Chisholm
32Bronson Hill
33Zac Brooks
34Senorise Perry
35Joe Banyard
36Karlos Williams
37Antone Smith
38Michael Dyer
39Jeremy Stewart
40LaVance Taylor
41Keshawn Hill
42Stevan Ridley
GLB1Joique Bell
2Toby Gerhart
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Darrel Young
3Erik Lorig
4Emil Igwenagu
5Jorvorskie Lane
6Paul Lasike
7Julian Howsare
8Henry Hynoski
9Joe Don Duncan
10Tommy Bohanon
11Ryan Mueller
12Derrick Coleman
13Glenn Gronkowski
14Patrick Skov
15Soma Vainuku
16Jordan Campbell
17Brad Smelley
18Sam Bergen
19Trey Millard
20Chris Swain
21Alstevis Squirewell
22Blake Renaud
23Zach Boren
24Kiero Small
25J.C. Copeland
26Joey Iosefa
27John Conner
28Sione Houma
29Juwan Thompson
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2Greg Jennings
3Marques Colston
4Dwayne Bowe
5James Jones
6Rasheed Bailey
7Kyle Prater
8Cayleb Jones
9Preston Parker
10Greg Little
11Kris Durham
12Jeremy Ross
13Rueben Randle
14Douglas McNeil
15Josh Morgan
16Jacoby Ford
17Tyler Davis
18Hakeem Nicks
19Miles Austin
20Kain Colter
21DeAndre Reaves
22Keshawn Martin
23Reggie Diggs
24Geronimo Allison
25Tony Washington
26Nick Harwell
27Reggie Dunn
28Armon Binns
29Carlton Mitchell
30Tevin Reese
31LaRon Byrd
32Terrell Sinkfield
33Corey Washington
34Issac Blakeney
35Hunter Sharp
36Jake Kumerow
37Rodney Smith
38T.J. Graham
39Damaris Johnson
40Bralon Addison
41Joshua Stangby
42Ricky Collins
43Andrew Turzilli
44Isaac Fruechte
45Zach D'Orazio
46Kenzel Doe
47Kenny Lawler
48Jaxon Shipley
49Solomon Patton
50Rashad Lawrence
51Damian Williams
52Josh Lenz
53Robert Herron
54Nate Washington
55Jared Dangerfield
56Shaq Evans
57Josh Stewart
58Marlon Moore
59Travis Labhart
60Donatella Luckett
61Tyler Murphy
62Marquez Clark
63Devin Lucien
64Josh Harper
65Chandler Worthy
66Quinshad Davis
67Marcus Tucker
68Rashaun Simonise
69Reece Horn
70Jarrett Boykin
71Lance Lewis
72Joseph Anderson
73Duke Williams
74Richard Mullaney
75David Porter
76L'Damian Washington
77Tyler McDonald
78Ezell Ruffin
79Jeff Beathard
80Jordan Leslie
81DaVaris Daniels
82Jamel Johnson
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2Brian Hartline
3Riley Cooper
4Ace Sanders
5Denarius Moore
6Chris Givens
7Marcus Thigpen
8A.J. Jenkins
9Ryan Whalen
10Joe Morgan
11Austin Pettis
12Emory Blake
13Matt Hazel
14Jonathan Krause
15Kevin Smith
16R.J. Harris
17DeMarcus Ayers
18Kalif Raymond
19Ryan Broyles
20Jacoby Jones
21Onterio McCalebb
22Jaydon Mickens
23Andy Jones
24Nathan Palmer
25Bryan Walters
26DeVier Posey
27Tandon Doss
28Andre Debose
29Mike Brown
30Shakim Phillips
31Aaron Dobson
32Frankie Hammond
33Shane Wynn
34Marvin Hall
35Jay Lee
36Devante Davis
37Devon Wylie
38Jimmie Hunt
39Mike Williams
40Da'Ron Brown
41Mekale McKay
42Reggie Bell
43Brandon Shippen
44Valdez Showers
45Amir Carlisle
46DeAndre Carter
47Milton Williams III
48Michael Preston
49Phil Bates
50Max McCaffrey
51Paul McRoberts
52James Butler
53Anthony Dable
54Marquis Bundy
55Isiah Ferguson
56Daniel Rodriguez
57A.J. Cruz
58Antwan Goodley
59Ryan Lankford
60Kadron Boone
61Myles White
62Clyde Gates
63Marcus Harris
64Saalim Hakim
65Kashif Moore
66Kenbrell Thompkins
67Juron Criner
68Stephen Hill
69Michael Bennett
70Paul Browning
71Austin Willis
72Titus Davis
73Andre Davis
74Demetrius Wilson
75Josh Reese
76DiAndre Campbell
77Trevor Harman
78Jarvis Turner
79T.J. Thorpe
80Durron Neal
81Kieran Duncan
82David Glidden
83Tom Nelson
84Leonard Hankerson
85Chris King
86Trindon Holliday
87Cobi Hamilton
88Tevin Jones
89Marken Michel
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91Levi Norwood
92Ed Williams
93Danny Anthrop
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49Jake Murphy
50Rory Anderson
51Gerald Christian
52John Peters
53Tim Semisch
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56Jake McGee
57J.P. Holtz
58Bryce Williams
59Braxton Deaver
60M.J. McFarland
61Clayton Echard
62Dominique Jones
63Arthur Lynch
64Dan Light
65Jack Tabb
66Jordan Thompson
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4Takoby Cofield
5Kyle Roberts
6Pierce Burton
7Rob Crisp
8Eugene Monroe
9Charles Brown
10Cameron Bradfield
11Reid Fragel
12Colin Kelly
13Cody Booth
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15Andrew McDonald
16Justin Renfrow
17David Foucault
18Vince Kowalski
19Matt Feiler
20John Weidenaar
21David Hedelin
22Taylor Fallin
23Tyler Johnstone
24Jake Long
25Cameron Jefferson
26Lars Hanson
27Garry Williams
28Jordan Swindle
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2Cyril Richardson
3Jamil Douglas
4Mackenzy Bernadeau
5Edawn Coughman
6Martin Wallace
7Ben Heenan
8Jeremiah Poutasi
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25Darren Keyton
26Isiah Cage
27Alex Cooper
28Chris Barker
29Adrian Bellard
30Tanner Hawkinson
31Arturo Uzdavinis
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2Marcus Henry
3Fernando Velasco
4Jacques McClendon
5Drew Nowak
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8Jack Allen
9Dillon Day
10Manuel Ramirez
11Julian Vandervelde
12Josh LeRibeus
13Sam Brenner
14Mitchell Bell
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22Reese Dismukes
23Kyle Friend
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25Dalton Freeman
26Ian Silberman
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29Ben Clarke
30Ross Burbank
31Brian De La Puente
32Quinton Schooley
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3Garrett Gilkey
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10Nick Becton
11Andrew Gardner
12Paul Fanaika
13Ryan Seymour
14Jared Smith
15Lawrence Okoye
16Will Pericak
17Khalif Barnes
18Leon Brown
19Karim Barton
20Brett Boyko
21Malcolm Bunche
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24Boston Stiverson
25Zach Sterup
26Denver Kirkland
27Terran Vaughn
28Donovan Williams
29Antoine McClain
30Trip Thurman
31Kadeem Edwards
32Shahbaz Ahmed
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34Alex Balducci
35Michael Liedtke
36Jarvis Harrison
37Matt Rotheram
38Mike McQueen
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2Keavon Milton
3Sam Young
4Brian Mihalik
5Avery Young
6Erik Pears
7Tayo Fabuluje
8Jeff Adams
9Mitchell Van Dyk
10Bryce Harris
11William Poehls
12Adrian Bellard
13Patrick Miller
14John Kling
15Nick Ritcher
16Zeth Ramsay
17Marquis Lucas
18Justin Murray
19Ryan Mack
20Aaron Epps
21Torian White
22Lamar Holmes
23Luke Marquardt
24Kona Schwenke
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2Josh Scobee
3Travis Coons
4Robbie Gould
5Carey Spear
6Billy Cundiff
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10John Lunsford
11Mike Meyer
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14Ross Martin
15Ka'imi Fairbairn
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17Corey Acosta
18Marshall Morgan
19Shaun Suisham
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21Randy Bullock
22Brandon Bogotay
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24Kyle Brindza
25Taylor Bertolet
26Brad Craddock
27Aldrick Rosas
28Devon Bell
29Jonathan Brown
30Tom Obarski
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