Manziel's playing status not affected by off-field incident
Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns looks on during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 12, 2014. (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)
Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has no plans to keep Johnny Manziel off the field because of a late-night incident with a fan that took place last Saturday.
Pettine told ESPN's "Mike and Mike" on Wednesday that he didn't consider putting Manziel in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons after starter Brian Hoyer threw three interceptions, but it had nothing to do with the alleged altercation.
"Unless something unforeseen comes up, just given what I know, it would not have an impact on any decision to play him," Pettine said.
A fan claimed that someone with Manziel struck him after he approached the rookie quarterback to ask for a hug.
Manziel's agent said in a statement that his client and a roommate were "accosted" by the man and his friends.
Hoyer overcame the interceptions and led the Browns on the game-winning drive in the final seconds against the Falcons.
"I've had a talk with Johnny as has (general manager) Ray (Farmer)," Pettine said. "I mean, he was very upfront with us and notified us immediately what had occurred. But as far as in the building, he's been a true professional. He's done everything that's been asked of him. But obviously, this is something that's unfortunate."