CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly showed up to practice intoxicated on Dec. 30, just days ahead of the regular-season finale against the Steelers,
The organization announced that Manziel was undergoing the concussion protocol to cover up the incident.
"I was with a Browns player yesterday. Johnny Manziel, going in to what would have been a start late in the season, showed up drunk at practice on a Wednesday," NFL Network's Michael Silver reported. "The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol. Let me say that again: The Browns lied. To try to protect and, I would argue, enable this irresponsible and very troubled young man."
The Browns released the following statement:
Johnny Manziel came to our facility on the morning of December 30th and complained of concussion symptoms. He was tested by an independent neurologist and entered the league's concussion protocol. He remained in the protocol until January 12th after being cleared by the independent neurologist."
Manziel, who is currently at the center of a domestic violence investigation following an altercation with ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, is reportedly set to be released by the Browns next month.
Manziel has played in 14 games in his two seasons in Cleveland.