Morris was a healthy scratch for Weeks 15 and 16 last season, then again in a playoff loss to Green Bay. He didn't have a role after the return of Darren McFadden, who re-signed with the Cowboys this offseason. Dallas did lose Lance Dunbar in free agency, but he got most of his playing time on obvious passing downs, which means his absence shouldn't really impact Morris. It's possible the team will release Morris in favor of a draft pick or another veteran, but even if he does stick around, the former Redskin likely will be looking at a minor role. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract.
Morris carried the ball eight times for 12 yards and caught one of two targets for three yards in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17.
By the time he got into the game, the Cowboys were already resting most of their key personnel, so Morris didn't have the benefit of working behind the team's elite offensive line or with Dak Prescott under center. With Darren McFadden now healthy and installed as the primary backup to Ezekiel Elliott, Morris will likely find himself inactive during the team's playoff run, and there's no guarantee he'll be back in Dallas in 2017 after managing just 243 rushing yards and a 3.5 YPC in 14 games this season.
Morris is inactive for Monday's game versus the Lions, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Morris will again be the odd man out, allowing fellow reserve back Darren McFadden to spell Ezekiel Elliott if he requires a respite. With home-field advantage locked up, though, the Cowboys could opt to sit their top players as a precaution in Week 17. If that comes to fruition, Morris could reenter the offensive mix in the regular season finale.
Morris could be inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Morris' fantasy upside is very limited as long as Ezekiel Elliott is starting, but it will take another hit as Darren McFadden is expected to be the backup Sunday.
|P0||8/3/17||@ ARI||8:00 pm|
|P1||8/12/17||@ LAR||9:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/17||@ ARI||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ ATL||4:25 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|