Manziel Confident his Arm is Fine

Johnny Manziel said he is confident he will be ready for the season opener

BEREA - Johnny Manziel spoke after another day of practice that he didn’t throw the football. He hasn’t thrown a pass since Aug. 23 when he felt some pain in his elbow after throwing a deep pass in practice to receiver Josh Lenz.

Manziel said the arm is feeling better each day.

“Really well,” Manziel said. “I think the past couple days, (the arm) has made good progress to get back to where it needs to be.”

Manziel said the reports of him dealing with the pain in his elbow going back to his high school days are a bit exaggerated.

“It’s really something I’ve dealt with every football season since (Texas) A & M,” Manziel said. “I think it’s just a little bit of elbow/ forearm, some tendinitis I’ve probably had since my freshman sophomore year at A & M.

“It comes and goes,” he said. “It wasn’t much of a problem in OTAs, but in camp it’s a bit of a grind throwing every day. As it gets more rest it gets aback to normal. It just got to the point where we were throwing a lot and talking to Coach Pettine and (trainer) Joe (Sheehan), they wanted to just give me a little break.”

Manziel said that once the regular season begins the throws the quarterback is required to make throughout the week go way down.

“Throwing during the year is nothing like camp and I’m very confident it not going to creep back,” he said. “I don’t expect it to go away completely, because this is a type of injury just from being a quarterback and throwing but that’s nothing out of the ordinary.

“I think going through the season is nothing like camp,” he said. “(In camp) we still will have 90 guys. We have 20 receivers, 15 receivers, it’s a lot more elevated than it is during the season and it’s a lot easier to manage during the season.”

Manziel said he is frustrated that he will miss valuable preseason playing time, but feels he still will be ready if he needs to play should an injury sideline Josh McCown.

“I want to be out there,” he said. “I  think the first two games went alright. I just want to get healthy for the season and be ready. I think ill be ready if the opportunity presents itself. I’ve taken all the mental reps.”

Manziel admitted that it is frustrating to sit out after building some momentum early in preseason.

“Yeah it was tough,” he said. “I wanted to be out there last week bad. I would’ve got half the third quarter and the whole fourth and probably a full start in the (Chicago) game. It’s frustrating . I wanted to be out there and wanted to leave the option on the table that maybe I can come back and try to be ready for the Chicago game, but coming off a short week and wanting to be ready for the regular season than the fourth preseason game. that was the biggest thing, just to give it more time than needed, just to get it back to the right spot.”

Manziel said he expects he will be ready to begin throwing next week as the team begins preparation for the season opener with the Jets on Sept. 13. Manziel said he had an MRI done on the elbow and the training staff reached out to experts in the area, including Dr. William Andrews, one of the authorities on arm injuries.

“I’m doing what I need to do and have taken care of it,” he said. “We reached out to a lot of people during this process to make sure we were handling it properly. I think Dr. Andrews is one of the people we reached out to and we got an MRI just to be safe.”

Manziel said he’s been assured that he doesn’t need surgery to repair his arm.

“This is an injury from everything I’ve heard it wouldn’t require (surgery),” he said. “Just rest and ice.”

Manziel said he doesn’t plan to change his throwing motion.

“I’ve thrown like this since day one.” 

Manziel said he has no doubts that this is an injury that could threaten his career in the long term.

“100 percent,” he said. “This organization has done a good job giving you a day off here and there and not getting to the point I’m really not concerned with (the elbow) at all.”

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