Wednesday October 28th, 2015

NFL investigators have spoken to the police officers involved in the domestic dispute between Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and his girlfriend, the Associated Press reports.

Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Wednesday that Manziel’s meeting with the NFL about the situation is “imminent.”

Manziel was questioned by police on Oct. 12 after speeding down the shoulder of the highway, then stopping to have an argument with his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. According to the police report, Manziel admitted to having two alcoholic drinks that day, though he was reportedly not intoxicated at the time of the incident. Crowley was intoxicated, the police report said.

The NFL is investigating whether Manziel’s actions were in violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, in light of Crowley’s claims that Manziel hit her numerous times and that she feared for her life. Manziel was not arrested, and denied that he hit Crowley, who has not pressed charges.

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Jason La Confora of CBS Sports reported that people within the Browns organization had hoped Manziel and Crowley would discontinue their relationship, which was described as “turbulent.” Crowley is a college student, but lives with Manziel.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said the NFL has not contacted him about the incident, but said Manziel was disciplined internally.

Manziel will meet with the league this week ahead of Cleveland’s Week 8 game against the Arizona Cardinals. If the NFL determines Manziel has violated the personal conduct policy, he could be fined, suspended or banned.

Manziel may be called on to start Sunday’s game if Josh McCown, who left last week’s contest with a shoulder injury, is unable to play. Austin Davis is the Browns’ third-string quarterback.

- Erin Flynn

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