Manziel has been demoted to third on the depth chart, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. Manziel had a promising performance in Week 10 against the Steelers, but Cleveland brass clearly isn't pleased that he was photographed at a bar in Austin, TX during the bye week. The team's statement does mention that Manziel has otherwise met expectations this season, noting that his improvement since last year has been "tremendous". It won't be too surprising if Manziel gets another shot this season, but Josh McCown will be the starter for Monday's game against the Ravens.
Head coach Mike Pettine is considering benching Manziel after videos of him partying last weekend surfaced online, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Pettine said he would disclose more on Manziel's situation Wednesday, but the team is considering a change at the quarterback position after learning that Manziel, who spent time at a rehab facility during the offseason, was supposedly out on the town Saturday night in Austin, TX. More to come on Manziel's status, but if Pettine decides to discipline Manziel by taking away his starting job, Josh McCown would start at quarterback for the Browns in Week 12.
Manziel will not be disciplined by the NFL for an incident from October involving his girlfriend, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. Shortly after being named his team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season, Manziel received a second piece of good news. The NFL interviewed the quarterback and his girlfriend, ultimately determining that there is no basis for a fine or suspension. Following a Week 11 bye, the Browns will face the Ravens in Week 12.
Johnny Manziel has been named the Browns' starting quarterback for the rest of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Though the Browns fell to Pittsburgh by three touchdowns Sunday, Manziel played well, completing 33-of-45 passes for 372 yards, one touchdown and a pick. He also tacked on 17 rushing yards, including an impressive scamper to the goal line in the third quarter. Coach Mike Pettine indicated after the game that Josh McCown would return as the starter following Cleveland's Week 11 bye, but he's apparently changed his mind and the Browns will go with the higher-upside Manziel for the final six games of the season.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine did not shut down the possibility of Manziel starting over Josh McCown (rib) after the team's Week 11 bye, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "Everything's going to be on the table this week,'' Pettine said. "As coaches, this gives us a chance to hit the reset button and just kind of [evaluate] what are our circumstances. So it's too early for me to stand up here and speak on it." Pettine made it clear that he was impressed with Manziel's performance in Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Steelers. Josh McCown (elbow) should be healthy after the bye week, but with the Browns far removed from the playoff picture, it only makes sense to evaluate Manziel over the final six weeks of the season. Pettine probably won't be in any rush to name a starter.
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