If quarterback Johnny Manziel doesn’t start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it won’t be because of the video that surfaced of him this past week.
Manziel, who seems to be constantly in the news because of his actions off the field, might not play Sunday against the Steelers because of a possible concussion.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel arrived at the Browns facility Wednesday morning complaining of concussion symptoms and as a result is currently being evaluated for one.
“It’s looking that way,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday during his talk with the media when asked if Manziel has a concussion.
If, however, Manziel is cleared, Pettine said Wednesday he would indeed start at home against the Steelers.
Should Manziel wind up not being ready come Sunday, the Browns will be forced to start Austin Davis, who is 32-of-48 passing on the season for 307 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
In their Sunday game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers allowed newly-signed quarterback Ryan Mallett to complete 28-of-41 passes for a career-high 274 yards with one touchdown. In other words, the fact that the Browns might start a quarterback Sunday that has very little playing experience isn’t a big deal based on the way the Pittsburgh defense has played at times this season.
In the Steelers Week 10 win over the Browns, Manziel was 33-of-45 passing for a career-high 372 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Manziel was scheduled to talk to the Steelers media Wednesday morning but was replaced by tackle Joe Thomas at the last minute due him having concussion-like symptoms. Manziel will not practice Wednesday.