Browns wait as NFL has yet to make decision about Johnny Manziel incident

ByPat McManamon ESPN logo
Thursday, October 29, 2015

BEREA, Ohio -- No decision has been reached in the ongoing NFL investigation into Johnny Manziel's driving incident Oct. 12, a league spokesman said Thursday.

Manziel was interviewed by league investigators Wednesday night. Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday said the team had not heard from the league since the interview, but he expects a decision soon.

"When we get word, we get word," Pettine said.

Sources told ESPN on Thursday that Manziel is unlikely to face discipline for the incident, which has been the Browns' hope all along. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said no decision has been reached and the investigation continues.

Manziel is being investigated after an argument with his girlfriend in his car Oct. 12. Witnesses said Manziel was driving at a high rate of speed on the shoulder, and Manziel's girlfriend initially said Manziel hit her. She later recanted. No charges were filed and the pair was permitted to leave together.

The NFL sent senior adviser Lisa Friel, former head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney's Office, to interview Manziel. The Northeast Ohio Media Group first reported Friel and NFLPA attorney Heather McPhee were present.

Pettine said he was not interviewed as part of the investigation.

He added that Josh McCown would take part in practice on a limited basis. McCown rested a sore right shoulder Wednesday, but the Browns seem confident that McCown will be able to start and play Sunday against the Cardinals.

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