According to a report by Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, the Cleveland Browns will “more than likely” have Johnny Manziel active as the backup quarterback to Josh McCown.
Head coach Mike Pettine has not heard anything about a possible discipline from the NFL for Manziel’s recent domestic incident from October 12. Manziel and his girlfriend Colleen Crowley had been arguing while driving along Interstate 90 in Avon, Ohio when witnesses spotted the vehicle erratically crossing through lanes at an approximate speed of 90 miles per hour, per reports. The cops were called and approached Manziel’s car after he pulled off on Nagel Road.
Police questioned Manziel and Crowley, whom both admitted to drinking earlier that afternoon. Witnesses also reported seeing Manziel putting Crowley in a headlock to keep her from leaving the car. Crowley first accused Manziel of hitting her before denying that he inflicted any physical harm. Manziel has also denied striking Crowley.
Eventually, the cops let the couple go with no charges after determining that Manziel was sober enough to leave the scene.
Pettine and the Browns reportedly plan to wait and hear the results of the NFL’s investigation before determining whether of not Manziel should face discipline by the team. Manziel could face punishment under the substance abuse policy or personal conduct policy upon completion of the NFL’s investigation. At this time, it is not known whether Manziel was required by the NFL to abstain from alcohol.
If for some reason prior to Sunday the Browns have to deactivate Manziel, Austin Davis, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, would be McCown’s backup.