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Browns QB Manziel to meet with NFL investigators

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Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel is expected to meet with NFL investigators after practice Wednesday.

The NFL is investigating whether Manziel violated the league’s personal-conduct policy in an Oct. 12 incident with his girlfriend.

Coach Mike Pettine described the NFL interview as “imminent” at his Wednesday news conference. Sources told ESPN that the meeting is set for Wednesday afternoon, with a representative from the league present.

Manziel was stopped by police on an interstate in the Cleveland suburb of Avon after driving at a high rate of speed and weaving through traffic. He had an argument with his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, who told police that Manziel hit her “a couple times” and pushed her face against a car window.

Manziel, who spent time in alcohol rehab during the offseason, said he had a few drinks earlier in the day, but police did not detect that he was impaired. However, officers determined that Crowley was drunk.

Pettine said Wednesday that the league wants to handle it quickly.

“Yes, there’s a sense of urgency to it, and that meeting is imminent,” Pettine told reporters.

Pettine is not certain if Manziel, who took first-team reps in practice Wednesday, will be available for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Manziel is still expected to be the backup behind Josh McCown, who rested Wednesday with his shoulder and rib injuries suffered in the loss to the St. Louis Rams last Sunday. McCown, who underwent an MRI on Monday, is “truly day to day,” Pettine said.

“We’re just ‘wait and see,”’ Pettine said. “The league has its protocol on how they handle these situations and we’ve been ultra cooperative to date and will continue to be.”

The league hopes to have the investigation wrapped up by the end of the week, according to reports.


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