Cleveland Browns deny lying about Johnny Manziel’s concussion

The league's in-house network report cited an unnamed Browns player that said the team "lied" to try and protect Manziel

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In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, photo Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Browns say Johnny Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion late in the season by an independent neurologist, countering an NFL Network report they lied about the injury to cover up the troubled quarterback showing up intoxicated for practice.

The team issued a statement Tuesday saying Manziel reported to the team’s facility on Dec. 30 – three days after a loss to Kansas City – complaining of concussion symptoms. The Browns say Manziel was tested by the neurologist and was entered into the league’s concussion protocol. The team says he wasn’t cleared from the protocol until Jan. 12.

The league’s in-house network reported citing an unnamed Browns player that the team “lied” to try and protect Manziel, who is being investigated by Dallas police on allegations of domestic violence.

On Jan. 3, former coach Mike Pettine said, “No. No. No, that is not the case,” when asked if Manziel was sent home for being inebriated.

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