Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel left practice early on Sunday with pain in his right elbow and could miss practice Monday.
Manziel has dealt with elbow soreness throughout the preseason, and could miss his second practice on Monday if coach Mike Pettine decides to sideline him. Pettine pulled Manziel from Sunday's practice following Manziel's indication his elbow was bothering him after throwing a pass.
“He started to get a little sore,” Pettine said on Sunday. “We might rest him and then he has an off day coming up. I wouldn't be surprised tomorrow if we shut him down. Just depends on how it feels.”
Pettine was not concerned that the soreness would develop into a long-term injury, though Manziel sat out the Browns' Aug. 11 practice with the same problem. Two days after missing practice, Manziel scored a touchdown in Cleveland's 20–17 loss to the Redskins.
On Monday, Pettine told reporters that Manziel will not undergo an MRI and that he hopes rest is enough to improve his backup quarterback's status.
Manziel has found success in the opportunities he has been given this preseason, but though Pettine has said he has been impressed with Manziel's improved understanding of the game, Josh McCown is slated to be the starting quarterback.
- Erin Flynn