Report: Johnny Manziel was drunk at practice, Browns lied to cover him

The issues surrounding Johnny Manziel are complex and disturbing. His own father says he might not make it to his 24th birthday. 

And according to a new report, the Browns covered up an incident of  Manziel being drunk at practice. According to Mike Silver on NFL Network, the Browns "lied" about Manziel being drunk at a Wednesday practice late in the season.

"I was with a Browns player yesterday," Silver said. "Johnny Manziel going into what would have been a start late in the season, showed up drunk at practice on a Wednesday.

"The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol. Let me repeat that: the Browns lied to try and to protect, and I would argue enable, this irresponsible and very troubled young man."

During the season, former Browns head coach Mike Pettine was asked about Manziel being drunk at practice and then sent home and said no

Assuming Silver's information is correct, it's unfathomably disappointing of the Browns to use, of all things, the concussion protocol to cover up Manziel's off-field issues.

Manziel's issues go way beyond football right now; he needs help in a very bad way. It's particularly sad if the Browns did in fact enable his behavior.

Manziel reportedly showed up drunk to a late-season practice. (USATSI)
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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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