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Johnny Manziel preparing to play football in 2016

Johnny Manziel’s lawyer told ESPN that the quarterback is preparing to play football this season.
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Johnny Manziel’s lawyer told ESPN that the quarterback is preparing to play football this season.

“His immediate plans are to start getting ready for football," attorney Jim Darnell said. “We're working on it.”

Manziel was released by the Browns in March after a long string of off-field incidents and has since been charged with misdemeanor assault, allegedly rupturing the eardrum of his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. That incident took place in January, and the NFL continues to investigate the circumstances. Two different agents have parted ways with Manziel, and he will be subject to the NFL’s conduct policy if or when he returns to football.

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ESPN reports that Manziel could still attempt to return in 2017 if no team is willing to offer him another chance.

Manziel, 23, has a hearing set for June 24. His attorney said he will plead not guilty.