Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Johnny Manziel to continue treatment in rehab: Report

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel remains in a rehab facility for an undisclosed condition.

On Feb. 3, family adviser Brad Beckworth announced Manziel had entered a Ohio facility on Jan. 28 to "improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate."

On Monday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is still being treated. 

Pettine said there has been communication with Manziel, whose controversial rookie season was followed by his entering rehab.

The coach does not know when Manziel will be discharged but reiterated that the "football for us is an afterthought" to Manziel getting well.

In two days, Manziel is scheduled to hit the six-week mark.

Pettine said there was no set end date for Manziel's release, making his availability for offseason workouts uncertain, but is encouraged that Manziel has had a lengthy stay to receive help. He is also confident Manziel will be a better quarterback and will be helped by Cleveland's new coaching additions.

While the Browns wait for Manziel, Pettine said he would be comfortable with newly signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown as the starter next season. McCown went 1-10 as a starter in 2014 for Tampa Bay.

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