Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment program in late January after a disastrous rookie season that left many questioning his work ethic and desire.
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Manziel Reportedly Released from Rehab
Saturday, April 11
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler (via SportsCenter) reported that Manziel has been released from rehab. Fowler reported that the Browns expect Manziel to attend their workouts beginning on April 20, although they could see him sooner.
Cole Weighs in on Manziel's Future with Browns
Tuesday, April 7
Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole discussed Manziel's future with the Browns, including how some within the organization have concerns about his playing ability:
Manziel Eyes April Return to Browns
Monday, March 23
Manziel is looking to return to the Browns in time for next month's offseason workouts, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com:
However, general manager Ray Farmer, while appearing to confirm that plan, emphasized Monday that the final decision rests in the hands of the people handling Manziel's rehab.
"I don't think it's in doubt," Farmer said from the NFL owners meetings when asked whether he thinks Manziel will be back in time for the April 20 workouts. "Again, I'm not the point person in that. So I would defer to those kind of controlling his care and let them decide what that looks likes."
The delicate nature of treatment could change exit dates, but a source familiar with the situation said an early April release is expected for Manziel.
Manziel Still in Rehab, Reportedly Doing 'Extremely Well'
Sunday, March 15
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reported that from what he's heard, Manziel is doing "extremely well" while in the treatment program:
I will say, have heard from people close to Johnny Manziel, who say he is doing extremely well.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 15, 2015
On March 9, Browns head coach Mike Pettine revealed that Manziel is still in rehab, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
Pettine had previously spoken about Manziel on Feb. 18 and addressed the quarterback's decision to enter a treatment program. As NFL.com's Marc Sessler noted, Pettine visited Manziel at the program but opted to keep those details private. Pettine said, "We're proud of him."
Pettine also added that the Browns did not influence Manziel to enter rehab, per Cabot:
#Browns Pettine said Browns didn't encourage Manziel to go to rehab. "He's in a much better place than he was'' when he went in— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) February 18, 2015
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pettine is approaching free agency and the draft as though Manziel is not the starter.
Pettine said that when Manziel returns from treatment, "he will be treated as he was treated before," per Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News.
Haslam Applauds Manziel's Decision to Enter Rehab
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Tom Withers of The Associated Press provided Haslam's take on Manziel entering rehab:
Haslam applauded QB Johnny Manziel's decision to enter rehab. Still thinks he can be solid NFL starter, "too early to give up on Johnny."— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) February 11, 2015
Steve Doerschuk of Cantonrep.com and Fred Greetham of Fox Sports Ohio provided Haslam's comments on Manziel's time with the Browns and future in the NFL:
Haslam on Manziel (based on what his football people tell him): "Do we still think he can be a starter in the NFL. The answer is yes."— Steve Doerschuk (@sdoerschukREP) February 11, 2015
Haslam emphatically saying benching Hoyer, playing Manziel was Pettine's call: "He, he, he...did you hear me say 'he' ... made the decision"— Steve Doerschuk (@sdoerschukREP) February 11, 2015
#Browns Haslam said the idea that business side of team had any involvement in drafting Manziel "That's crazy, that's crazy"— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham) February 11, 2015
Former OC Kyle Shanahan Discussed Manziel
Tuesday, Feb. 10
Former Browns (and current Falcons) offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan commented on Manziel, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN:
Johnny's a great guy and I think he does get a little bit of a bad rep with that, because Johnny worked very hard for me. I really enjoyed coaching him. …
I don't know what he's going through right now, but I think I'm confident Johnny will work it all out. And I think he has a chance to have a good future.
QB Coach George Whitfield Spoke About Manziel
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN provided comments from independent quarterback coach George Whitfield, who previously worked with Manziel:
Whitfield said he spoke to Manziel recently and that he’s in a good place, with high spirits. Whitfield is respecting Manziel’s privacy, and though he understands rampant speculation will persist with this story, he knows much of it will be unfounded.
“Sometimes you need to go in there and reset yourself,” Whitfield said of Manziel’s treatment. …
Meanwhile, Whitfield had planned to work out with Manziel in California in February but will stall those workouts until the time is right.
“I think everybody wants what’s best for him as a person,” Whitfield said. “He seems like he’s in a good place.
Manziel Enters Rehab Facility
Monday, Feb. 2
Kay Cabot broke the news of Manziel entering rehab:
Breaking: #Browns QB Johnny Manziel has entered treatment Wednesday according to publicist Denise Michaels. Details coming soon— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) February 2, 2015
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com passed along a statement from Manziel adviser Brad Beckworth: "Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step. On behalf of Johnny and his family, we're asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland."
Fowler also reported on whose idea it was for Manziel to get treatment and how long the quarterback will be there:
Source close to Manziel said QB voluntarily entering rehab (his idea), told people close to him he wants to 'figure out his value system'— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 2, 2015
A Manziel source expects the QB in treatment at least a few weeks but depends what doctors want.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 2, 2015
Browns, as of now, expecting Manziel at training camp, I’m told. Hard to place timetable on anything else bc of treatment process— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 2, 2015
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 added a statement from Browns general manager Ray Farmer:
We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.
Teammate Andrew Hawkins offered his support for Manziel:
Much love and support to my brother Johnny. Proud of him, big step. Football is secondary. God Bless!— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) February 2, 2015
Mike Wilkening of Pro Football Talk reported the league's statement on if Manziel is involved in the NFL's substance-abuse program:
"The medical professionals in charge of the program make those decisions and it is confidential," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT’s Mike Florio on Monday when asked if Manziel was in the substance-abuse program.
According to the NFL’s substance-abuse policy as agreed to by the league and the NFLPA, the NFL can place a player in the program due to "behavior...which, in the judgment of the Medical Director, exhibits physical, behavioral, or psychological signs or symptoms of misuse of Substances of Abuse."
A report from Fowler and Pat McManamon after the season included featured comments from some of the quarterback's teammates. One described the Heisman Trophy winner's first NFL season as a "100 percent joke."
Cabot previously provided remarks from Manziel after he missed a December treatment session. He admitted his actions needed to change moving forward.
"There's nothing I can sit here and tell you (that will make this go away)," he said. "I can't sit here and talk to these mics or these cameras or anything that's going to do any good. It's about actions, it's about being accountable and doing what I'm going to say instead of looking like a jackass."
Another report from Cabot for the Northeast Ohio Media Group highlighted some of the things that worried the team most: "Manziel's partying was chronicled all season, from floating on swans, to rolling up a bill in the bar of a bathroom, which the Browns found most 'disturbing,' sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group."
Brandon Tierney of CBS Sports Radio thinks it's a big step for Manziel:
Kudos to @JManziel2 in recognizing problem/taking proper steps to address it. Hope he slays demons, wishing him well. Football is secondary.— Brandon Tierney (@BrandonTierney) February 2, 2015
Arizona Cardinals star Tyrann Mathieu also spoke on Manziel's decision (NSFW language):
"Real talk, Johhny boy going to treatment isn't funny yo. S--t is real and it affects all of us. #PrayersFor2"
ESPN's Darren Rovell even reported Manziel turned down a six-figure offer to host a Super Bowl party at a casino in Las Vegas.
Details about the type of treatment the quarterback is undergoing or how long it may last are unclear. Tierney is correct in stating that football always comes second to health. It's all about getting the situation rectified.
It's never been a question of talent for Manziel. He's a natural playmaker at the quarterback position who can become a productive NFL player with the right level of dedication. All signs suggest that simply wasn't the case his rookie year.
Hopefully the treatment helps him realize that and he can rebound, both as a person and a football player.