It was inevitable. But it wasn’t expected to happen so quickly.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, whose reckless style helped him become one of the best players in college football, has been equally reckless during his first NFL preseason game. On at least two occasions, he has run the ball and put his head down with defenders approaching. Manziel also took a big hit after throwing a pass.
Via multiple reports on Twitter, Manziel drew the attention of the team’s medical staff following that hit. But after being examined by a doctor and an athletic trainer, Manziel re-entered the game.
And he promptly completed a 14-yard pass, took another shot on an incompletion, scrambled for 16 yards before wisely sliding to a stop, kicking up a cloud of rubber pellets on the Ford Field turf, and extending a series by sprinting to the sticks on fourth and short.
But Manziel didn’t get a chance to finish the effort with points. The drive died on the next play, with a fumble from running back Dion Lewis.
But for the fumble, that pretty much summarizes what Manziel has always done. The key for him at the NFL level will be developing an ability to keep getting up and playing after taking solid hits from NFL-caliber defensive players.