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NFL Notes: Johnny Manziel, Broncos, Falcons, & Jets

Johnny Manziel

Mike Silver has offered a further explanation of his report that the Browns tried to cover up Johnny Manziel showing up to practice drunk this past season.

Multiple sources told Silver that Manziel showed up late to the team facility for a meeting and was noticeably drunk on Wednesday, Dec. 30. The Browns later placed Manziel in the concussion protocol and sent him home.

However, Silver regrets his choice of words, but stands by his report that Manziel was drunk.

“I am not a doctor and thus cannot presume to question the diagnosis of an independent neurologist or any medical professional,” Silver tweeted Tuesday. “I do not have direct knowledge of what Manziel may have told the doctor or doctors who evaluated him, or what might have been suggested. If the Browns say they did not lie about Manziel’s diagnosis, I will take them at their word, and I regret using that term (“lied”). I stand by my original report that Manziel showed up drunk at practice and that witnesses believed this was the cause of his “behavior. This will be my last comment on the subject, pending further reporting.”

Broncos

Falcons

Falcons owner Arthur Blank released a statement Tuesday announcing that he has been diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer.

“In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer. Over the last several weeks Angie and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me. I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good. I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come.”

Jets

  • The Jets announced that they’ve promoted John Scott Jr. to assistant DL coach, hired Tim Atkins as defensive quality control, and hired David Diaz-Infante as assistant OL coach.