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Manziel has concussion, likely to miss finale

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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel had concussion-like symptoms when he came to the team’s facility Wednesday and has been placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

That means Manziel is likely out for Sunday’s season finale vs. the Steelers. If Manziel can’t play, Austin Davis will be the starting quarterback.

Davis had to start Dec. 6 vs. the Bengals, and that was a disaster. The Bengals won that game, 37-3.

Terrelle Pryor figures as the Browns’ emergency quarterback, though Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team has not decided if it will try to add another quarterback from what’s become a very thin pool of available arms. When Pettine met with the media early Wednesday afternoon, Manziel was still being evaluated and the team did not know if he had a concussion.

Manziel has started the last three games. He was named the team’s starter for the rest of the season in November but then benched for reportedly lying to Pettine about pictures and videos that showed up on social media.

He threw for a career-best 373 yards in a loss to the Steelers in November.

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41 Responses to “Manziel has concussion, likely to miss finale”
  1. fumblenuts says: Dec 30, 2015 4:16 PM

    Johnny bell ringer is just too small to take an NFL POUNDING.

  2. cheeks9441 says: Dec 30, 2015 4:18 PM

    This story smells a bit fishy…

  3. stexan says: Dec 30, 2015 4:18 PM

    Oh c’mon now. Just how much of a concussion can a shot glass cause, anyway?

  4. bengalsfacepainter says: Dec 30, 2015 4:19 PM

    Johnny Football must have concussed himself crushing that can of FourLoco against his forehead.

  5. imsorryyoufeelthatway7 says: Dec 30, 2015 4:20 PM

    Right. A “concussion”. That’s convenient timing.

  6. bassplucker says: Dec 30, 2015 4:22 PM

    Fitting end to another year of Browns football.

  7. icancountcanyou says: Dec 30, 2015 4:22 PM

    Four-Loko is no joke.

  8. mr1drful says: Dec 30, 2015 4:25 PM

    He should just wear a beer funnel helmet. Saves time.

  9. doe22us says: Dec 30, 2015 4:25 PM

    Not to worry Browns fans, the Steelers have a history of loosing to 3rd or QB’s who are no longer in the league.

  10. whatnojets says: Dec 30, 2015 4:27 PM

    Not a concussion, just a bad hangover!!

  11. seanpbeck says: Dec 30, 2015 4:40 PM

    Jimmy and Johnny, you deserve each other. What you don’t deserve is our hard-earned cash, which is why we dropped our season tickets this past off-season (that we’d had since the early 60s).

  12. c9zz says: Dec 30, 2015 4:47 PM

    He didn’t have concussion symptoms, he was just high.

  13. downfield1 says: Dec 30, 2015 4:57 PM

    Rooney’s own the NFL and they are not taking any chances.
    Will be interesting to see what they come up with to weaken the Jets this week. Willing to bet the Jets QB all of a sudden has a concussion.

  14. billsfan1 says: Dec 30, 2015 5:03 PM

    Apparently his Manziel was too merry ?

  15. iknowurider72 says: Dec 30, 2015 5:09 PM

    When did he get this s0-called concussion? He seemed to be on the field for the last play of the game last week. did it happen on the plane ride home or when he was rapping in his house on Sunday night?

  16. joefelicelli says: Dec 30, 2015 5:17 PM

    iknowurider72 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 5:09 PM

    When did he get this s0-called concussion? He seemed to be on the field for the last play of the game last week. did it happen on the plane ride home or when he was rapping in his house on Sunday night?
    I think it is residual from trying to force his inflated head through doorways while at A & M.

  17. Cavs2016NBAWorldChampions says: Dec 30, 2015 5:19 PM

    No he doesnt. Its a sneaky way for Mike Lying Pettine to bench him.

    I’m officially done with this joke of a franchise. They dont deserve 1 more second of my time.

    Jimmy Haslam you are nothing but a lying corrupt scumbag.

    Mike Pettine you are nothing more than an incompetent lying scumbag that is nothing more than a Freshman Team HS coach.

  18. Kaz says: Dec 30, 2015 5:22 PM

    Johnny Hangover in a little trouble for that latest video.

  19. 202folife says: Dec 30, 2015 5:34 PM

    You know they said RG3 had a concussion too before he was mysteriously dropped to 3rd string.

  20. rayslover727 says: Dec 30, 2015 5:38 PM

    Took too many shots to the head!

  21. nflrulebook says: Dec 30, 2015 5:46 PM

    I guess a hangover gives you concussion like symptoms

  22. wnstonchill says: Dec 30, 2015 5:51 PM

    By “concussion” they mean “hangover”, but they have to be politically correct in this day & age. I hope Manziel moves to Germany…..

  23. thefatlazygamer says: Dec 30, 2015 6:10 PM

    Probably got it from a bar fight.

  24. td40 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:12 PM

    His head must really be hurting after puking up Four Loko all morning.

  25. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Dec 30, 2015 6:24 PM

    he was ok monday and tuesday, right?
    the concussion came from that petty of a man who wacked him because of the video

  26. ragnarthemagnificent says: Dec 30, 2015 6:56 PM

    Chip Kelly’s would round out the factory of sadness nicely

  27. mmack66 says: Dec 30, 2015 7:05 PM

    202folife says:
    Dec 30, 2015 5:34 PM

    You know they said RG3 had a concussion too before he was mysteriously dropped to 3rd string.

    It wasn’t all that mysterious. He sucks, and he gets hurt more than Big Ben.

  28. chriskap11 says: Dec 30, 2015 7:13 PM

    John fall off the dancing pole at the club house causing a concussion

  29. floriosucksass says: Dec 30, 2015 7:20 PM

    Manziel took a nasty shot from Allen Bailey against the Chiefs. He got up with slowly, then put his hands on his hips. You could see by his reaction and the grimaces on his face, he was hurting.

  30. hawkforlife says: Dec 30, 2015 8:24 PM

    So that was the guy doing a belly flop on the beer pong table with Ethan Couch. Surprised he didn’t wind up in Mexico too.

  31. rbtmountain says: Dec 30, 2015 8:28 PM

    Johnny Headache might be pulling this as a stunt to a) avoid playing final game (therefore avoids injury and avoids playing worse than normal) b) gives Jerrah more time to call him with an offer.

  32. jackamus51 says: Dec 30, 2015 10:20 PM

    Johnny Foozball is just another in a long line of NFL busts. Maybe Wal-Mart greeters can be high at work!

  33. namriverrat69 says: Dec 30, 2015 10:29 PM

    He must have fallen down drunk.

  34. zygizag says: Dec 30, 2015 10:42 PM

    Has Johnny F played his last game in the NFL?


    With thier # 1 pick in the 2016 NFL the Cleveland Browns pick Quarterback …

  35. dmfc1112 says: Dec 30, 2015 11:00 PM

    The big news here is that doctors have found that he does in fact have a brain. They are still trying to find a way for him to actually use it.

  36. mrbiggstuff says: Dec 30, 2015 11:59 PM

    I think that’s called a hangover

  37. brownstownoh says: Dec 31, 2015 1:57 AM

    Johnny is an idiot yes but Pettine needs to stop acting like he is his Daddy. Put him on the field – tell him to win games, if he doesn’t, play someone else.

    Johnny should have been the starter from the get go. I can’t wait until Ray Farmer is fired. If Pettine is fired too, so be it but he if he stays he needs told to get some talent around Johnny so we can see if he is the guy.

    If we draft another QB we will suck for another 5 years. We have too many holes that will be left unfilled.

    Johnny drinks…I don’t care. I want to know if he can be the real deal with actual talent around him.

    Our defense can’t tackle…we can’t sack the opposing QB…our OL is a colander…we can’t protect on field goal attempts…we suck. That is not Johnny’s fault.

    He is a doofus but he is our doofus.

  38. tralfaz1127 says: Dec 31, 2015 4:28 AM

    I said it when he was drafted, out of football within 5 years. May not make it that long.
    Four Loko Ese King of all day after concussions.

  39. kwags70 says: Dec 31, 2015 5:38 AM

    And the Merry Manziel “Drink & Dap” Christmas video fades away.
    That’s the most convenient concussion ever.

  40. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Dec 31, 2015 10:51 AM

    Manziel’s concussion is nothing compared to the pounding the Steelers took on Sunday after being whacked over the head with a giant Mallett. LOL.

  41. tontoepstein says: Dec 31, 2015 6:25 PM

    The fake concussion thing worked to let the horrific Joe Haden to skip the season, so why not extend Johnny Ethanol the same courtesy.

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