Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel has progressed in his return from an elbow injury and may soon resume regular throwing drills, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Since leaving practice on Aug. 23 because of soreness in his elbow, Manziel has been throwing tennis balls and weighted footballs during rehab exercises.
The former Heisman-winner said he has dealt with elbow soreness since his freshman year at Texas A&M, and doesn't need surgery.
Manziel, 22, is expected to begin the season as the team's back-up quarterback behind Josh McCown.
Manziel completed 10-of-18 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the Brown's second preseason game of the year, but has not played since then.
The Browns open the regular season against the Jets on Sept. 13.
- Christopher Chavez