Johnny Manziel Calls Report He Was ‘Snubbed’ in Pre-Game Sunday ‘Ridiculous

Johnny Manziel said a national report that some of his teammates “kept their hands to themselves” and didn’t acknowledge him during pre-game introductions “seems ridiculous” — and a video review doesn’t show anyone snubbing him, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Fox Sports’ Pam Oliver, who worked the sideline for the Browns-Bengals game Sunday, reported on CBS’ show “We Need to Talk” that some of Johnny Manziel’s teammates kept their hands to themselves during pre-game introductions and refused to acknowledge him before the 30-0 loss.

But a review of the video from several angles by Northeast Ohio Media Group showed all the players slapping hands with Manziel as he ran out of the tunnel.

“Mike Pettine, when he was debating about Brian Hoyer, he said all the right things about how (the Browns) were winning with him. To make that flip flop to Manziel – I don’t think (Manziel’s) teammates have embraced him just yet,” Oliver said Tuesday night on “We Need to Talk.” I was watching the introduction line with the pyrotechnics and all of that, and everybody runs through (their teammates). He was the last one to go. Some people kept their hands to themselves (and didn’t acknowledge him).”

Manziel was actually in the middle of the pack and not last to run out. Messages to Oliver were not immediately returned.

“That just seems ridiculous,” Manziel during his weekly press conference Wednesday.

Manziel, who will start Sunday’s game in Carolina, said his teammates have supported him fully, before, during and after the loss.

“Sure, guys have obviously come up to me and kept me up because it’s hard,” he said. “Obviously like I said, it’s the first shutout for me in my career and it leaves a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, but the biggest thing that’s helped me is being in this building and these guys obviously aren’t letting one game get to us and get too down. Really, this is my sanctuary. This is where I need to be in here and know that these people in this building have my back and this place is really the best for me.”

Browns vs Panthers Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday S Tashaun Gipson (knee), CB Joe Haden (shoulder), WR Marlon Moore (knee), T Joe Thomas (not injury related), CB K’Waun Williams (hamstring)
Wednesday TE Gary Barnidge (rib), LB Karlos Dansby (knee), CB Robert Nelson (hamstring), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot)
Practice Report
Wednesday S Roman Harper (thigh), LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
Wednesday QB Cam Newton (back), G Amini Silatolu (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Wednesday LB Thomas Davis (knee)

Johnny Be Bad – Very Bad; Browns Get Pounded in Manziel’s Debut By Bengals 30-0

It was a debut that Browns fans had been waiting for since they called his name with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Sadly, Sunday’s debut at QB for Johnny Manziel could not have gone worse.

Rattled early on by an aggressive Bengals defense clearly playing with a chip on their shoulder, the Bengals crushed Manziel and the Browns, taking home an easy 30-0 win in Cleveland.

The Browns have fallen apart, hitting rock bottom Sunday with their fourth loss in their last five games. They also end the year with three straight home losses, falling to the Texans, Colts and now Cincinnati.

Manziel ran for his life most of the day, and ended the day going for just 10-for-18 for 80 yards and two picks. He was sacked three times, and ended with 13 yards on five carries.

“He didn’t play well, he looked like a rookie,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “He made some obvious mistakes that typically a veteran quarterback won’t make.”

The Browns run D wasn’t much better than Manziel, as Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bengals slammed the Browns on the field and in the boxscore, recording their first shutout since Dec. 21, 2008 – in Cleveland.

Cincinnati put up 347 yards to Cleveland’s 107. The Bengals picked up 24 first downs to five for the Browns, who went just 1 of 10 on third down.

Mike Nugent kicked two 44-yard field goals and added a 34-yarder for the Bengals, who turned a day of promise and potential for the Browns into Cleveland’s worst nightmare.

Cincinnati led 20-0 at halftime, putting the game away.

The Browns were blanked for the first time since a 16-0 loss to Baltimore in 2009.

Bengals at Browns NFL Week 15 Inactives

Bengals: QB AJ McCarron, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, CB Terence Newman, G Tanner Hawkinson, TE Jermaine Gresham, WR James Wright, DE Margus Hunt.

Browns: DB K’Waun Williams, DB Tashaun Gipson, RB Glenn Winston, DB Robert Nelson, ILB Karlos Dansby, OL Vinston Painter, TE Gary Barnidge.

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Bengals vs Browns

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

Pettine Excited to See Johnny Manziel Play Sunday

Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted that he’s just as curious as everyone else in the world to see what Johnny Manziel will bring to the table Sunday against the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t excited to see him play,” said Pettine. “We’ve seen it in practice. We got a taste of it in Buffalo.”

At the same time, he said he cautioned the team not to be so eager to witness Johnny Football’s debut that they forget what’s important.

“If we don’t pick up our play around the quarterback’ we’d be foolish to expect different results,” he said.

Bengals vs Browns NFL Week 15 Game Capsule



STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 15-8 Pettine: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 42-21 vs. Steelers L 25-24 vs. Colts
LAST GAME 11/6/14: Browns 24 at Bengals 3. Cleveland RBs Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell & Ben Tate each score a rushing TD. Defense has 3 interceptions.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/29/13: Browns 17, Bengals 6. Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer throws for 269 yards & 2 TDs. Browns TE Jordan Cameron has 10 catches for 91 yards & TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Cin.), 85 (Cle.). XM: 85 (Cle.).


PASSING Dalton: 251-394-2891-15-13-84.7 Manziel (R): 5-9-63-0-0-77.5
RUSHING Hill (R): 152-729-4.8-6 West (R): 148-556-3.8-3
RECEIVING Green: 56-910-16.3-6 Hawkins: 56-756-13.5-2
OFFENSE 348.5 353.8
DEFENSE 377.8 360.5
SACKS Dunlap: 6 Kruger: 9
INTs Iloka: 3 Skrine: 4
PUNTING Huber: 47.3 (1C) Lanning: 43.8
KICKING Nugent: 87 (30/30 PAT; 19/25 FG) Cundiff: 94 (28/28 PAT; 22/29 FG)


BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON passed for 302 yards with 128.8 rating & 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) last week, surpassing JEFF BLAKE (93) for 4th-most TD passes in franchise history (95). Has 38-22-1 (.631) record, highest win pct. of any Bengals QB (min. 20 starts)…RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 86 scrimmage yards in last meeting (45 rush, 41 rec.). In past 6, rookie RB JEREMY HILL (Round 2, No. 55 overall) has 604 scrimmage yards (100.6 per game) with 3 rush TDs. Leads NFL rookies in rush yards (729) & is tied for 2nd in rush TDs (6)…Last week, WR A.J. GREEN had career-high 224 yards, 2nd-most in club history (CHAD JOHNSON, 260 yards on 11/12/06 vs. Chargers), on 11 catches with TD. Has 4,743 career receiving yards, 4th-most of any player in 1st 4 NFL seasons. In 3 career road meetings, has 15 catches for 227 yards & 3 TDs. Has 5 TDs in past 7 overall…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS has 20.5 sacks, tied for 2nd among AFC DTs. LB VINCENT REY leads team with 97 tackles, incl. game-high 15 vs. Steelers…BROWNS: Rookie QB JOHNNY MANZIEL will make 1st career NFL start. Scored 1st NFL TD in Week 13 vs. Buf. (10-yard run)…Browns are only NFL team with 2 rookies with 500+ rushing yards – RBs TERRANCE WEST (556) & ISAIAH CROWELL (529). Crowell (undrafted) has 4 rush TDs in past 5 & leads NFL rookies with 8 rush TDs in 2014. West (Round 3, No. 94 overall) leads team & ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 556 rush yards. Rushed for 94 yards & TD in last meeting…In past 17, WR JOSH GORDON has 104 rec. for 1,856 yards (109.2/game) & 9 TDs. Had 125 rec. yards on 5 catches (25 avg.) with TD in last meeting…CB JOE HADEN has INT in 3 of past 4. Last week, S JIM LEONHARD posted INT & sack in same game for 1st time in career. Aims for 3rd in row with INT. Last week, rookie CB JUSTIN GILBERT (23-yard INT-TD) & LB CRAIG ROBERTSON (0-yard FR-TD) each scored 1st career NFL TDs. CB BUSTER SKRINE had career-high 2 INTs in last meeting. S DONTE WHITNER leads team with 85 tackles. LB BARKEVIOUS MINGO posted sack last week.

Bengals at Browns Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday LB Vontaze Burfict (knee)
Wednesday DE Margus Hunt (ankle), CB Adam Jones (chest), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ribs), K Mike Nugent (not injury related), G Mike Pollak (knee), WR James Wright (knee)
Wednesday CB Terence Newman (ankle)
Practice Report
Wednesday TE Gary Barnidge (rib), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), C Nick McDonald (not injury related), CB Robert Nelson (hamstring), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot), T Joe Thomas (not injury related), S Donte Whitner (illness), CB K’Waun Williams (hamstring), RB Glenn Winston (illness)
Wednesday DE Desmond Bryant (thigh), LB Karlos Dansby (knee)
Wednesday RB Isaiah Crowell (hip)