BEREA—Johnny Manziel was on the field Monday, but he was held out of any throwing activities for the second time since Aug. 11 due to a sore elbow.
Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said he’s not worried about Manziel’s arm.
“I’m not, I’m not,” he said. “Johnny’s probably got what 30 to 40 percent of the other quarterbacks in the league have right now, sore elbow, sore shoulders. There’s a lot of wear and tear on those guys in terms of their arm.
“Those guys have been throwing footballs since they’ve been young guys,” he said. “I’m not too concerned about it. If Joe Sheehan and the doctors come up to me and say’ Hey, this is something that’s going to be a chronic issue’ then there’s going to be some concern and we have to watch it but I’m not too concerned about Johnny right now, no. He’s doing fine.”
DeFilippo thinks the issue with Manziel’s arm will be over after training camp.
"Once training camp is over and the volume of throws goes down that has a way of clearing up itself,” he said. “I've been around guys with elbow and shoulder issues that once they get out of camp and break camp the first week, your throw count goes down and you don't get as many reps ... your periods are cut shorter, you have a way of it kind of calming down a little bit in the elbow and shoulder."
Mike Pettine said he expects Manziel to return for practice Wednesday and should be good to go for Saturday’s game with Tampa Bay.
“I think we have a pretty good feel that just the day’s rest will be enough,” Pettine said. “If it’s not, we’ll deal with it accordingly.”
Pettine said no MRI was needed for Manziel’s arm.
DeFilippo is very encouraged with the progress he’s seen in Manziel.
“I think he’s a new guy, I do. I think he’s a new guy,” he said. “I think from a preparation standpoint and want to standpoint, haven’t changed since OTA’s but I think you see a different quarterback, I really do. I think his overall understanding of the game and what we’re trying to do has changed drastically. I really think that. He understands protections, he’s making the calls, he understands the sight adjusts, he understands his hots.
“Twice he’s had- once got documented- we had a substitution issue the other night and he got us into a play without one being called,” he said. “You’re seeing those types of growth in him which I’m very pleased with. Our mantra with him and I talked about this with him all the time is one day at a time, just one day at a time. Practice after practice after practice together and next thing you know, you’re taking a one day at a time attitude and you put four or five days in a row of good work in.”
Pettine said the Browns don’t plan on trying to change Manziel’s throwing motion and see it as an advantage.
“I don’t think at this point of his career we’re going to try to chance his throwing motion,” Pettine said. “It might be an advantage as arm angle as long as we manage it. That’s something that made him successful and you don’t want to tinker with it at this point.”
McCown, who said he’s not had the arm or elbow soreness that Manziel has been experiencing, but says Manziel is not letting it derail his development.
“He understands that this is a process,” McCown said. “While that part is frustrating when you take a step but he’s got a good mindset and is working and you can’t ever replace reps but mentally you can still stay sharp (mentally).”
McCown was asked if it bothers him that Pettine has not come out and named him the starter for the season opener with the Jets.
“I don’t know, maybe in (Pettine’s) mind, there’s no difference between ‘firmly’ and ‘Josh is our starting quarterback.”
McCown said he doesn’t mind Manziel still getting all of the attention as the backup quarterback.
“All my years in the league have taught me to expect anything,” he said. “Nothing really surprises me and I knew the situation coming here. It’s been fun to work with Johnny, but honestly I kind of like it it’s nice to fly under the radar.
“What he did and how he played in college and how he came to fame it’s a neat thing,” he said. “It’s cool and we want to see him grow into that at this level. I see why people have enthusiasm and it doesn’t bother me at all.”
Big Day Wednesday for Injured Players: Pettine said he’s hopeful that several of the injured players are able to return to practice Wednesday and thus be able to play in Saturday’s third preseason game with Tampa Bay.
“The guys that we were a little bit unsure about, since today was a lighter day we’d give them today off and with (Tuesday) being the off day, to maximize their chances to go this weekend with essentially two more days of rest,” Pettine said.
Even though several of the players haven’t practiced in two weeks, Pettine thinks they can be ready to go if they’re able to get back to practice on Wednesday.
“The game is Saturday,” he said. “If they practice, there’s no reason (they couldn’t). We’re hopeful. If guys haven’t gone by Wednesday, it is much less likely they’ll go.”
Pettine put DB JoeHaden (hamstring), DB Tashaun Gipson (calf), DB Justin Gilbert (hip flexor), WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) and K’Waun Williams (abdomen) in that category.
DeFilippo was asked if Pryor needs to show more to make the team.
“Absolutely. There’s got to be a sense of urgency from Terrell and I’ll be the first person to say that,” he said
Others not practicing were: DB Tashaun Gipson (calf), DB Joe Haden (hamstring), DB K’Waun Williams (abdomen), DB Justin Gilbert (hip), WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) and DB Robert Nelson (hamstring). Others out were: OL Michael Bowie (shoulder), DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), FB Luke Lundy (concussion), LB Barkevious Mingo (knee), LB Nate Orchard (personal), DB Jordan Poyer (concussion), QB Connor Shaw (right thumb), TE Randall Telfer (foot) and RB Glenn Winston (knee). OL Mitchell Schwartz (thumb) was held out of some drills and DL Ish Kitchen (groin) was not practicing. LB Nate Orchard, who missed Sunday for personal reasons was back on the practice field.
Mingo Update: LB Barkevious Mingo had arthroscopic knee surgery early in the month and is on schedule to return for the season opener according to Pettine.
“He ran for the first time the other with good results,” Pettine said. “He had good results. We feel positive where he is. I think the target of where he is still up in the air could be for the opener. We’re just not sure yet.”
Pettine said it is highly unlikely Mingo will be able to play in the preseason finale.
New Tight End: TE Anthony Ezeakunne, who was signed Saturday, is wearing #89. Ezeakunne replaced TE Manasseh Garner, who was waived.
Resting: Several veterans were given rest days, including: DL Randy Starks, DL Desmond Bryant, LB Paul Kruger, DB Donte Whitner, DB Tramon Williams and OL John Greco.