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Mike Pettine: Johnny Manziel’s meeting with NFL ‘imminent’


Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine revealed Wednesday that Johnny Manziel’s meeting with the NFL over his latest off-the-field incident could occur as soon as later in the day.

“Yes, there’s a sense of urgency to it, and that meeting is imminent,” Pettine said, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Sources have told ESPN that the meeting will in fact occur following Wednesday’s practice with a league representative present.

The NFL is investigating an incident stemming from an Oct. 12 traffic stop that involved a disagreement over the nature of an argument between Manziel and girlfriend Colleen Crowley, who accused the quarterback of pushing her head against the car window during the alleged altercation.

It was determined by police that both parties had been drinking but that Manziel was not intoxicated. Witness accounts of the incident included allegations that Manziel was driving erratically and that Crowley attempted to exit the moving vehicle.

Crowley declined to press charges related to the incident.

Still, the basis of the NFL’s investigation into the matter is the possibility that Manziel violated the league’s personal conduct policy. It was reported that the NFL could put Manziel on paid leave even before completing the investigation, but it appears that may not be necessary.

The NFL reportedly hopes to complete the investigation by the end of the week, although there’s been no indication when any punishment, whether it be a fine or suspension or both, would be announced and then levied.

But if the NFL were to expedite the administration of its punishment, the situation could the Browns in a tough spot. With Josh McCown dealing with a shoulder and rib injuries, Manziel is expected to take first-team reps in Wednesday’s practice session. McCown at this point is expected to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, with Manziel serving as his backup.

Pettine admitted he’s unsure if Manziel will be available for Sunday’s game.

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