Johnny Manziel Demoted To Third-String Browns QB; Josh McCown To Start


Nov 24, 2015

UPDATE (3:45 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Browns have benched quarterback Johnny Manziel one day after video of him partying surfaced on TMZ Sports. In fact, they’ve dropped him all the way to third string.

Josh McCown will start Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

ORIGINAL STORY: BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that he’s disappointed with Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior and might bench the quarterback.

Pettine named Manziel as Cleveland’s starter for the remaining six games during the team’s bye week. But after a video surfaced of Manziel partying this past weekend, Pettine said he’s reconsidering his choice and would not guarantee the second-year pro would play in Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Pettine said he has spoken to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager Ray Farmer about Manziel’s conduct. Pettine said when “it’s a repeat pattern of behavior, it’s a concern.”

Pettine said he has seen the video and spoken to Manziel about it Monday night.

Manziel has made strides on the field during his second NFL season. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner spent 10 weeks in a rehab facility during the offseason.

Here is the video in question, posted Monday by TMZ Sports:

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Thumbnail photo via Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Images

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