This morning, we discussed the reports that QB Johnny Manziel was in Las Vegas on Saturday night, just one day prior to the Cleveland Browns' finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Players in the concussion protocol are not required to be at the game or on the sidelines, but it's still not a good look for your team's already-troubled quarterback.
Tonight, it is sounding like Manziel could be in deeper water than originally thought. According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Manziel was a no-show and also unreachable for a required 9:00 AM meeting in Berea for players who are in the concussion protocol:
JFF1: Reported this on @SNFonNBC re Manziel: Browns require players in concussion protocol to be seen by team medic at 9 am on Sunday …— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 4, 2016
JFF2: … even if they’re not playing. Manziel didn’t show up Sunday. Browns couldn’t reach him on phone. At this point I can tell you …— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 4, 2016
JFF3: … Browns are so done with the guy. I will be stunned if he ever plays another snap for Cleveland. He wants to go to Dallas.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 4, 2016
Shortly thereafter, in his press conference with the local media, team owner Jimmy Haslam was asked about Manziel's whereabouts. Haslam confirmed that players with concussions are supposed to be in Berea Sunday morning, and to the best of his knowledge, Manziel was not present. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Manziel's agents are not commenting on the quarterback's whereabouts either:
Johnny Manziel's agents are withholding comment about his whereabouts since leaving Browns facility on Saturday.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 4, 2016
So...where the hell is Manziel? Is he just going to walk in to a Jerry Jones press conference tomorrow, WWE-style, shaking hands as the two embrace? When more updates come in about Manziel's status, we'll provide an update. With the team not having a head coach or general manager under contract right now, Sashi Brown, the team's new Executive Vice President of Football Operations, will have ultimate say over the 53-man roster. Therefore, any roster decision about Manziel will have to go through Brown.