Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Double dose of good news for Manziel

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel won't forget Nov. 17, 2015, anytime soon.

Not only did the Browns name Manziel their starting quarterback for the rest of the season Tuesday morning, but the NFL also announced in the afternoon it won't discipline him for an in-car fight with girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

As Mike Pettine met with Manziel to tell him he would start, the coach broached the subject of off-field conduct with the 22nd overall pick in last year's draft.

"He's done some things to affect that trust, clearly," Pettine said after practice Tuesday. "He understands it, and he knows that with these expectations, there comes great responsibility. That's something that he knows he has to live up to."

Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M, vowed not to disappoint. He has made similar promises in the past, only to fail.

"I let (Pettine) know that I'm not going to do anything that's going to be a distraction to this team or be an embarrassment to the organization," Manziel said.

The league investigated whether Manziel violated personal conduct policy Oct. 12 during a roadside argument with his girlfriend. In a statement, the league said it reviewed information from law enforcement and interviewed Manziel and Crowley. The league said it "concluded that there is an insufficient basis on which to take disciplinary action."

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Manziel called the incident "personal and embarrassing."

Pettine said former starter — and former Buc — Josh McCown will be the backup, and said breaking the news to the 13-year veteran "was not as difficult as I anticipated and a big part of that was Josh, just how he handled it, his mentality, his football character and, to use a hokey phrase, his team spirit."

The Browns are off this week and next play Nov. 30, hosting the Ravens.

Aldon Smith suspended: The league suspended Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith for a calendar year for violations of substance-abuse policy, the Associated Press reported. The 49ers released Smith, 26, in August after he had several run-ins with the law. Smith missed the first nine games of the 2014 season while suspended for violating NFL substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

Cody sentence: Former Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody was acquitted of the two most serious animal cruelty charges against him but found guilty of multiple misdemeanors and could receive jail time. Sentencing for Cody, a free agent, is set for Jan. 5.

Cowboys: With Tony Romo perhaps returning this weekend after missing seven games with a broken collarbone, quarterback Brandon Weeden was waived.

Giants: They re-signed receiver Hakeem Nicks, a free agent who spent 2014 with the Colts. Nicks played with New York for his first five seasons.

Jaguars: Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (torn triceps) is out for the season.

Ravens: Former UCF receiver Breshad Perriman was placed on injured reserve, ending a season in which he didn't play a down. The No. 26 overall pick hurt his right knee on the first day of training camp and never fully recovered.

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