Johnny Manziel’s preseason is over, sacked by a stinging elbow.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday that Manziel, who has made strides in his second year in the NFL after a rough rookie season, will not play in Cleveland’s last two exhibition games because of lingering soreness in his right elbow. The injury has bothered him for two weeks and is more serious than initially thought.
Manziel will miss Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay as well as Cleveland’s preseason finale at Chicago on Sept. 3. Pettine said the plan had been for Manziel to play against the Buccaneers starters in the second quarter, and for a half against the Bears.
“You can’t get those reps back,” Pettine said. “He will lose out on all that real-game experience, but we are very pleased at where he is currently.”
It’s a setback for Manziel, whose improvement on the field this summer and improvement off it has the Browns hopeful the former Heisman Trophy winner can one day solve their problems at quarterback.
For now, though, Manziel is not throwing any passes and Pettine isn’t sure when the 22-year-old will resume full participation in practice.
Pettine said Manziel is frustrated at not being able to play, but understands it’s best that he doesn’t make his elbow worse.
49ers send Brooks home
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been banished from the San Francisco 49ers after being charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.
The team sent him home Thursday morning from Colorado, where the 49ers are holding joint practices with the Broncos before playing a preseason game against Denver on Saturday.
General manager Trent Baalke said he wasn’t sure how long the expulsion will last or whether it would be permanent.
Brooks was expected to start at the outside linebacker spot vacated by Aldon Smith’s release.
Asked for the team’s reaction to Brooks’ indictment and departure, linebacker NaVorro Bowman said: “Nothing. We stay professional. We’ve had several incidents and the team’s controlled that and we as players we have to stay focused on what’s at hand and that’s practicing and getting ready for the season.”
The Redskins say an independent neurologist has cleared QB Robert Griffin III to play in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Ravens. Griffin suffered a concussion in a preseason game against the Lions on Aug. 20. … The NFL suspended Packers DT Letroy Guion without pay for the first three games of the regular season, saying the eighth-year pro violated the league’s policy on substance abuse. The 28-year-old Guion was arrested near his home in Florida in early February on felony charges of drug and firearm possession. … K Connor Barth is back with the Buccaneers after being released by the Broncos and re-signing with his old team. The eighth-year kicker agreed to a two-year, $2.75 million contract after being released by the Broncos.
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