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Johnny Manziel in concussion protocol, meds cited as contributing factor

Johnny Manziel has been placed in CFL concussion protocol after absorbing a brutal hit during last Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Redblacks, the Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday.

The Alouettes’ statement notes that Manziel notified team medical staff that medications he takes may be a contributing factor.

“On Tuesday morning Johnny Manziel mentioned to our medical staff that he felt symptoms that could be associated with the prescribed medication he uses for a previously diagnosed medical condition,” the Alouettes’ statement read, via TMZ Sports.

Manziel previously had revealed he takes a prescription to treat bipolar disorder.

“In view of the hit he received on Saturday and the potential mitigating side effects of his prescribed medication, the Alouettes medical staff has placed Manziel under the CFL concussion protocol for further observation and precautionary reasons,” the statement reads. “Manziel will be closely observed and assessed over the next few days.”

The play in question occurred during Montreal’s 24-17 loss on Saturday. Manziel scrambled his way toward the end zone and was on the receiving end of a devastating hit that jarred the ball loose.

Manziel missed practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday. His availability for Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Eskimos has to be considered in serious jeopardy, if not a complete non-starter.

Manziel’s bid to resurrect his professional football career got off to a disastrous start in his first regular season appearance with the Alouettes, something he chalked up to a test from the “football gods.”

While Manziel fared better in Saturday’s game, his overall health of course is of the utmost concern, especially given it involves concussion symptoms exacerbated by medication.