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  Lions | Maurice Morris back in game    Sun Dec 11, 03:43 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (chest) returned to the game after missing some time with a chest injury.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris leaves game early    Sun Dec 11, 03:16 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (chest) suffered a chest injury in Week 14 and is considered questionable to return.

Footballguys view: Keiland Williams, the team's fifth string running back, moves into the lead role.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris totals 75 yards, TD    Mon Dec 5, 01:11 AM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris had 12 carries for 28 yards in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints, and he added five receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. Morris saw an increased workload with RB Kevin Smith (ankle) departing early.

Footballguys view: Morris should be a PPR wonder down the stretch with Matthew Stafford helping himself to the checkdown frequently.

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  Lions | Kevin Smith optimistic    Wed Nov 30, 02:51 PM

Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) is optimistic about his chances of playing against the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. 'I feel pretty good for a Wednesday,' Smith said. 'After you guys (media) left, I got to do some stuff. I feel pretty good for a Wednesday. At this pace, I'm excited. I'm just rehabbing the heck out of it and just keep progressing. Still got a long way till game day.'

Footballguys view: The Lions will turn to veteran Maurice Morris if Smith can't play against the Saints on Sunday.

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  Lions | Kevin Smith struggles in practice    Wed Nov 30, 01:56 PM

Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) was moving around gingerly during stretching drills Wednesday, Nov. 30, and he did not participate in individual drills after that. RB Maurice Morris took the first-team repetitions in the part of practice open to the media.

Footballguys view: It looks like Smith may still be a week away because of this ankle injury. We may see Maurice Morris get another start for the Lions as they face the Saints on Sunday.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris could start in Week 13     Wed Nov 30, 08:30 AM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris could start in the team's Week 13 game if RB Kevin Smith (ankle) can't go.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris a factor in run, pass game    Thu Nov 24, 04:49 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris rushed for 39 yards on seven carries against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. He also caught nine passes for 81 yards in the game.

Footballguys view: After Kevin Smith left this game with an injury Morris stepped in and ran hot.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris probable    Wed Nov 23, 06:30 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 23, and is probable for Week 12.

Footballguys view: Morris is just the backup RB now and he can be dropped in all but deep leagues.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris practices    Tue Nov 22, 04:33 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (ankle) practiced in full Tuesday, Nov. 22.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris practices    Mon Nov 21, 06:10 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (ankle) practiced in full Monday, Nov. 21.

Footballguys view: Morris is probably just a backup RB and desperation play in fantasy leagues now with Kevin Smith's emergence.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris totals 50 yards from scrimmage    Sun Nov 13, 08:37 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris carried 10 times for 44 yards in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears, getting the start with RB Jahvid Best (concussion) still sidelined. Morris also added a 6-yard reception.

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  Lions | Kevin Smith could play    Thu Nov 10, 03:56 PM

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is not ruling out RB Kevin Smith seeing some action in Week 10 versus the Chicago Bears. 'I could see him playing some this game,' Linehan said. 'The expectation is to get to Sunday and see where we are. The other two guys (Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams) are ready to go. There is a scenario there where Kevin can play for us.'

Footballguys view: Smith came to the Lions in great shape, and knows the offense well. We're not expecting him to do much this week, but he could emerge as the season goes on. It's looking more and more like Jahvid Best may be weeks away from returning to the field.

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  Lions | Jahvid Best likely out for Week 10    Mon Nov 7, 11:27 PM

Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) is unlikely to play in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears, according to a league source. RBs Maurice Morris, Keiland Williams and now Kevin Smith are likely in the mix for touches if Best is indeed out.

Footballguys view: No one can say with certainty when Best will return, and the Lions signing of Kevin Smith indicates that they may not believe it will happen soon.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris gets into end zone in Week 8    Sun Oct 30, 08:06 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris carried 13 times for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos. He also added a seven-yard reception, getting a team-high 14 touches in the absence of RB Jahvid Best (concussion).

Footballguys view: Morris had a solid game because the Lions controlled the scoreboard, but it is still hard to love that he had only 13 carries in a blowout win.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris to start in Week 8     Thu Oct 27, 12:47 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris will start in Week 8 with RB Jahvid Best (concussion) likely out for the game.

Footballguys view: Morris will start for the team, but we'll also see more from Keiland Williams. We could see Williams get the short-yardage and goalline carries, while Morris gets the carries between the 20s and the receptions out of the backfield.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris might be in line for another start    Wed Oct 26, 08:20 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris is likely to get a second straight start in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos with RB Jahvid Best (concussion) expected to miss a second straight contest.

Footballguys view: Morris will likely yield some carries to Keiland Williams, making him no better than a flex play on the road in Denver.

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  Lions | Jahvid Best not expected to play    Wed Oct 26, 05:44 PM

Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) is expected to miss the team's Week 8 game against the Denver Broncos.

Footballguys view: Without Best we'll see more from RBs Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams. Morris should start and is more versatile, while Williams has strong leg drive and a nose for the endzone.

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  Lions | Stefan Logan may see work    Thu Oct 20, 03:25 PM

Detroit Lions WR Stefan Logan may see some work at tailback in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions with RB Jahvid Best (concussion) suffering from a concussion. RBs Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will also see increased action. 'We've considered that,' offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. 'We use him some (there), and did last year. He's definitely going to be in the mix. I don't know how much he'll get, but I can see him getting a few cracks at it.' Logan has three carries for seven yards this year and had 15 for 95 yards last year.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris likely to start Week 7     Thu Oct 20, 12:23 PM

With Detroit Lions RBs Jahvid Best (concussion) and Jerome Harrison (undisclosed) injured, RB Maurice Morris will likely start the team's Week 7 game.

Footballguys view: Morris is a solid veteran with an all-around game. He's not flashy, but he gets the job done. If you're a Best owner, or in trouble at the RB position because of the bye week, you could do a lot worse than picking up and playing Morris.

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  Lions | Ronnie Brown not available    Wed Oct 19, 01:39 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ronnie Brown, who the team acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Oct. 18, was not available for practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, but the team feels they can get him up to speed in time for the Week 7. Brown expects to be used in short-yardage and goal-line situations when he gets up to speed with the offense. RBs Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams split repetitions in practice Wednesday.

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  Lions | Jahvid Best not ruled out    Tue Oct 18, 01:03 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said RB Jahvid Best (concussion) has not been ruled out for Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons. However, if Best can't go, the team is not worried about a drop in production with RB Maurice Morris. RB Jerome Harrison could also be involved.

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  Lions | Two probable for Week 1    Fri Sep 9, 05:54 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (hand) and DT Andre Fluellen (hand) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 9. Both are listed as probable for Week 1 and are expected to be available to play.

Footballguys view: Morris should see a decent amount of work as the backup to Jahvid Best.

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  Lions | Three practice in full    Thu Sep 8, 05:25 PM

Detroit Lions DT Andre Fluellen (hand), RB Maurice Morris (hand) and CB Alphonso Smith (foot) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 8.

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  Lions | Two practice in full    Wed Sep 7, 05:26 PM

Detroit Lions DT Andre Fluellen (hand) and RB Maurice Morris (hand) practiced in full Wednesday, Sept. 7.

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  Lions | Several ruled out of preseason game    Thu Aug 25, 02:50 PM

Detroit Lions RBs Jahvid Best (concussion) and Maurice Morris (hand), OT Jason Fox (foot), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (shoulder), DT Nick Fairley (foot) and CB Alphonso Smith (foot) have been ruled out of the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27.

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  Lions | Several players missing practice     Mon Aug 15, 10:04 AM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (hand), DT Nick Fairley (foot), OT Jeff Backus (pectoral), WR Titus Young (hamstring), CB Alphonso Smith (foot), DT Andre Fluellen (hand), S Randy Phillips (shoulder), OT Jason Fox (foot), WR Calvin Johnson (shoulder) and CB Chris Houston (groin) are not participating in practice Monday, Aug. 15.

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  Lions | Several sitting out of practice     Thu Aug 11, 10:01 AM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (hand), DT Nick Fairley (foot), OT Jeff Backus (pectoral), TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle), CB Aaron Berry (groin), WR Titus Young (hamstring), CB Alphonso Smith (foot), DT Andre Fluellen (hand), OT Tony Ugoh (personal), S Randy Phillips (shoulder) and OT Jason Fox (foot) are not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 11.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris still sidelined    Mon Aug 8, 11:21 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (hand) remains sidelined due to a broken right hand. His return date is unclear.

Footballguys view: Aaron Brown is the backup RB at this moment and Boise State stud Ian Johnson is next in line after Brown right now.

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  Lions | Six absent from practice     Mon Aug 8, 10:26 AM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (hand), DT Nick Fairley (foot), OT Jeff Backus (pectoral), CB Alphonso Smith (foot), DT Andre Fluellen (Hand) and OT Jason Fox (foot) are not participating in practice Monday, Aug. 8.

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  Lions | Two competing for No. 3 RB job    Sun Aug 7, 03:11 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris and Aaron Brown are competing for the No. 3 running back job during training camp.

Footballguys view: Morris is a seasoned veteran and has to be considered the favorite to win the job. He won't see much production behind Jahvid Best and Mikel LeShoure unless injuries hit the depth chart in front of him.

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  Lions | Several missing practice    Wed Aug 3, 12:17 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (hand), WR Titus Young (leg), TE Richard Dickson (undisclosed), OT Gosder Cherilus (knee) and CB Jack Williams (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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  Lions | Mikel Leshoure to battle for No. 2 role    Sat Jul 23, 02:12 PM

Detroit Lions rookie RB Mikel Leshoure is expected to compete during training camp with veteran RB Maurice Morris for the team's No. 2 running back spot behind starting RB Jahvid Best. Leshoure's power between-the-tackles style makes him best suited as a 4-minute back when the Lions are trying to kill the clock.

Footballguys view: Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has made it clear this offseason that the starting role could change from week to week depending on matchup. Best is a dynamic playmaker but wore down last year. LeShoure could be a featured runner in the NFL and may get an opportunity to be the lone back if Best is hurt again. We still like his fantasy prospects as a short-yardage and goalline back who could score 7-9 TDs in 2011.

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  Lions | Two expected to compete for No. 2 RB job next year    Sun Jan 9, 04:18 PM

Detroit Lions RBs Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith are expected to compete for the primary backup running back job next season, reports Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com. The team still believes Smith can be a factor out of the backfield even though he has been dealing with injuries recently.

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  Lions | Four limited Friday    Fri Dec 24, 05:36 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (chest), DLs Cliff Avril (rib) and Lawrence Jackson (groin) and SS Amari Spievey (back) were limited during practice Friday, Dec. 24, reports Dave Birkett, of the Detroit Free Press. They are listed as probable for Week 16 and are expected to play.

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  Lions | Eight limited Thursday    Thu Dec 23, 04:51 PM

Detroit Lions DL Cliff Avril (rib), LB Vinny Ciurciu (concussion), QB Shaun Hill (finger), DL Lawrence Jackson (groin), LB Landon Johnson (neck), RB Maurice Morris (chest), S Drew Stanton (shoulder) and S Amari Spievey (back) were limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 23.

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  Lions | Four sit out practice Wednesday    Wed Dec 22, 04:17 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (chest), DEs Cliff Avril (rib) and Lawrence Jackson (groin) and FS Louis Delmas (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 22.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris continues to roll    Sun Dec 19, 11:29 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris carried 15 times for 109 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Chrissie Wywrot, of DetroitLions.com. Morris now has 55 carries for 283 yards and three touchdowns over his past four games.

Footballguys view: The key takeaway here is that the Tampa run defense is wilting. They get Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks next week.

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  Lions | Three probable for Week 15    Fri Dec 17, 05:14 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (chest) and DL Turk McBride (ankle) were limited during practice Friday, Dec. 17, while LB DeAndre Levy (groin) fully participated in practice, reports Dave Birkett, of the Detroit Free Press. They are listed as probable for Week 15 and are expected to play.

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  Lions | Three players limited Thursday    Thu Dec 16, 05:06 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (chest), DE Cliff Avril (rib) and DL Turk McBride (ankle) were limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 16.

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  Lions | Two limited Wednesday    Wed Dec 15, 04:56 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris (toe) and DE Turk McBride (ankle) were limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris expected to see bulk of carries    Sat Dec 4, 01:56 PM

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said RB Maurice Morris is expected to get the bulk of the carries in Week 13 even though RB Jahvid Best (toes) is expected to play, reports Chris McCosky, of The Detroit News.

Footballguys view: Jahvid Best has been nursing two turf toe injuries for most of the year. Morris has been somewhat productive when he's been featured.

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  Lions | Jahvid Best dresses but does not play    Fri Nov 26, 07:25 PM

Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (toe) was active in the Week 12 game against the New England Patriots Thursday, Nov. 25, but he did not get into the game. RB Maurice Morris started and scored two touchdowns in his absence while RB Aaron Brown served as his backup.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris scores twice Week 12    Thu Nov 25, 04:57 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris rushed for 55 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in the team's Week 12 game against the New England Patriots, reports The Associated Press.

Footballguys view: Morris filled in for an injured Jahvid Best and looked good on Thanksgiving. The Lions were having success running out of the shotgun formation as the Pats were playing pass defense.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris likely No. 1 back    Tue Nov 23, 09:10 PM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris will probably be Detroit's No. 1 running back in Week 12, even though RB Jahvid Best (toe) practiced Tuesday, No. 23, reports the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris sees bulk of carries in Week 11    Mon Nov 22, 09:51 AM

Detroit Lions FB Jerome Felton started at running back in Week 11, but RB Maurice Morris got most of the playing time in RB Jahvid Best's (toe) absence, according to Dave Birkett, of the Detroit Free Press. Morris had 10 carries for 31 yards and four catches for 40 yards.

Footballguys view: Best has been slowed down by two turf toes and a shoulder injury. We could see more from Morris for the rest of the year while Best is limited.

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  Lions | Week 5 Inactives    Sun Oct 10, 12:02 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared RB Aaron Brown, LB DeAndre Levy, OT Jamon Meredith, OT Jason Fox, DL Lawrence Jackson, QB Matthew Stafford, RB Maurice Morris, DL Willie Young inactive for Week 5.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris in line to start in Week 4    Fri Oct 1, 12:36 AM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris is currently in line to start at running back in Week 4 with RB Jahvid Best (toe) injured, according to The Detroit News' Chris McCosky. RB Kevin Smith (knee) is also expected to be active for the first time this year. FB Jerome Felton could also see some work at tailback.

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  Lions | Getting thin at running back    Mon Sep 27, 06:41 PM

Detroit Lions RBs Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith (knee) may both be active during Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, reports Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com. The Lions could be thin at running back in Week 4 because Jahvid Best (toe) has a toe injury and Aaron Brown (hand) suffered a broken bone in his right hand during Week 3.

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  Lions | Maurice Morris running as No. 3 tailback    Thu Aug 12, 03:04 AM

Detroit Lions RB Maurice Morris has been running as the team's No. 3 running back for most of training camp, reports Chris McCosky, of The Detroit News. Running backs coach Sam Gash said Morris is as healthy and strong as he has been in awhile.

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  Lions | Smith gets knee wrapped    Sat Jun 26, 04:54 PM

CBSSports.com notes that it might not amount to anything, but RB Kevin Smith had his knee wrapped by trainers during practice Thursday after participating in seven-on-seven drills again. He has just begun to work in the team drills after rehabbing and doing individual drills all offseason long. He didn't participate in the team's afternoon walk-through.

Footballguys view: Smith's coming back from knee and shoulder problems, and that's one of the reasons why we're not expecting much production from him this year. Even if he's fully healthy the team is going to rely on rookie Jahvid Best to be their feature runner. Best is also a dangerous receiver out of the backfield, so he may not be coming off the field for very many snaps.

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