Browns Ask out of ‘Hard Knocks,’ Johnny Manziel Likely out of Rehab in April

AP Photo/Bob Leverone
AP Photo/Bob Leverone

The Cleveland Browns have announced that they fully expect troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel to be released from rehab in time to participate in the offseason workouts scheduled to begin at the end of April.

General manager Ray Farmer, though, reminded the media that Manziel’s doctors have the final word on releasing the player from rehab.

“I’m not the point person in that,” Farmer admitted. “So I would defer to those kind of controlling his care and let them decide what that looks likes.”

Manziel has been in rehab since early February after well over a year of run-ins with management over his partying lifestyle.

Still, the team does not expect Manziel’s rehab to get in the way of competing for the starting quarterback spot or preseason events, save for in one way. The Cleveland Browns requested that HBO not feature them in its Hard Knocks documentary series because of its interest in off-the-field storylines.

Several of the Browns’ management have visited the player in rehab. Browns coach Mike Pettine noted that Manziel has the team’s “full support” for his recovery.

Friends of the player report that he is coming along well with treatment.

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