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Mike Pettine on Johnny Manziel: ‘This isn’t a dead end, it’s a hurdle’


Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine addressed the media Wednesday and not surprisingly Johnny Manziel’s benching was a central topic of the conversation.

Pettine essentially echoed similar sentiments he expressed in a statement issued Tuesday regarding the second-year quarterback’s benching, mostly revolving around the disappointment felt by the Browns in light of Manziel’s purported conduct. But he also expressed hope that Manziel can successfully get through this latest obstacle and downplayed the notion that his career in Cleveland was finished.

Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Mary Kay Cabot chronicled Pettine’s press conference comments via her Twitter account.

Cabot also reported via Twitter that Pettine stated he couldn’t say whether the Browns would advise Manziel to return to rehab, citing privacy issues. He added that it was “too important” to discipline Manziel over the latest incident, saying the need to evaluate the quarterback’s play on the field was dwarfed by sending him a message.

The Browns announced Tuesday that Manziel was not only getting benched in light of a video allegedly showing him partying during the team’s bye week, he had been relegated to third-string quarterback for Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. This came after Manziel vowed not to be an “embarrassment” to the organization over the bye week.

Manziel attempted to downplay the release of the footage of him partying by suggesting “videos can be old.” It’s clear the Browns didn’t buy that excuse.