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Johnny Manziel Demoted To Third-String QB

Nov 24, 2015 5:10 PM

The Cleveland Browns have demoted Johnny Manziel to their third string quarterback following his decision to party during their bye week.

Manziel spent several weeks in rehab in the offseason.

"Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I'm especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard," head coach Mike Pettine said in a statement.

"The improvements from last year to this year have been tremendous, but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level. It goes well beyond the field. We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we've decided it's best to go with Josh as the starter going forward."


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Browns May Not Start Johnny Manziel After Nightclub Images Surface

Nov 24, 2015 12:16 PM

Mike Pettine is not sure if Johnny Manziel will start this week for the Cleveland Browns as planned after a photo and Instagram video surfaced of Manziel taken at a club.

Pettine said he is gathering information but called the latest incident around his quarterback "disappointing. Very."

"I want to sit down and discuss it before I do a knee jerk and go off on a tangent," Pettine said.

Manziel was at nightclubs in Austin, with one video showing him holding a bottle while he was signing along to a song.

Manziel said he spent Thursday and Friday night in Texas before attending the Michigan State-Ohio State game in Columbus on Saturday.

Manziel went to rehab last offseason to address alcohol issues.


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Browns To Start Johnny Manziel For Remainder Of Season

Nov 17, 2015 10:57 AM

Johnny Manziel will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns for the rest of the season.

Manziel is 76-for-128 for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions to go with 17 rushes for 90 yards. Manziel has a passer rating of 88.4 and QBR of 54.2.

Manziel went 33-for-45 for 372 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his start last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Josh McCown began the season as the Browns' starter.

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Johnny Manziel To Start Against Steelers

Nov 13, 2015 4:00 PM

Johnny Manziel is expected to start this weekend for the Cleveland Browns against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Manziel went 15-for-33 for 168 yards and one touchdown along with four rushes for 31 yards last week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Johnny Manziel Expected To Start For Browns In Week 9

Nov 3, 2015 9:44 PM

Johnny Manziel is expected to start for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

Josh McCown is dealing with a painful rib injury.

"I'm going to prepare and do everything that I can ... to be ready to play," McCown said Tuesday.

Mike Pettine said he hasn't made a decision yet on who will start.

"We'll see where Josh is tonight," Pettine said. "As we get information that helps us make a decision and we feel comfortable acting on it, we'll do it."

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Broncos Nearly Trade For Joe Thomas At Deadline

Nov 3, 2015 4:16 PM

The Denver Broncos nearly acquired Joe Thomas from the Cleveland Browns before the trade deadline.

The two sides were unable to agree upon terms.

According to Dianna Marie Russini, the Browns were close to sending Thomas and a fourth round pick in 2016 to the Broncos for a first and second round pick in 2016.

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Browns To Start Josh McCown In Week 8

Nov 1, 2015 10:17 AM

Josh McCown will start at quarterback in Week 8 for the Cleveland Browns against the Arizona Cardinals.

McCown suffered a shoulder injury last week against the St. Louis Rams.

With the injury bothering him all week, Johnny Manziel took first team reps for the Browns.

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Browns Considering Trades Of Joe Thomas, Alex Mack

Nov 1, 2015 10:12 AM

The Cleveland Browns are engaged in trade talks on Joe Thomas and Alex Mack.

Thomas and Mack have been two of the Browns' best players for several seasons and are two of the best offensive linemen in the NFL.

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Johnny Manziel Unlikely To Receive NFL Discipline

Oct 29, 2015 12:18 PM

Johnny Manziel is unlikely to face discipline for his domestic incident with his girlfriend on Oct. 12.

Manziel was questioned by the NFL about an argument he had with his girlfriend on the side of the road. Manziel allegedly pushed his girlfriend's head into the car window.

Manziel took first-team reps during Wednesday's practice with Josh McCown nursing an injured shoulder.

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Johnny Manziel Pulled Over By Police During Domestic Dispute

Oct 16, 2015 6:16 PM

Johnny Manziel was pulled over by Avon police after police said a domestic argument with his girlfriend Colleen Crowley got out of hand on Interstate 90 westbound earlier in the week.

Police said alcohol was involved.

A witness called police after seeing Manziel's white Nissan use the shoulder of the road to pass her at a high speed.

The witness told police the couple was arguing and Crowley attempted to exit the vehicle while they were on the road.

In the report, both Manziel and Crowley admitted they were having an argument and Crowley threw a wallet out of the window.

In the report, Crowley told police Manziel pushed her head into a window. She wanted her cell phone because she was concerned about her safety and said she just wanted to return to Texas. 

According to the report, police did not believe the couple was intoxicated to the point where they could be charged.

Manziel checked himself into rehab for alcohol earlier this year.

Crowley posted the following statement on Instagram:

"J & I are good. I appreciate the people who stopped to check on us and call the police, I could see how it may have looked. Anytime anyone sees a guy and a girl arguing on the side of a road they should definitely stop, you never know what that could be. Fortunately it was just an argument, it was private, and we are all good!"

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