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Johnny Manziel pulled over after domestic argument, alcohol involved

The topsy-turvy NFL career of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel took another turn on Friday when the ABC news affiliate in Cleveland reported he was involved in a domestic argument earlier this week, and alcohol was involved.
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Manziel, the second-year Browns quarterback, was involved in an argument with his girlfriend from Texas Christian University, Coleen Crowley, newsnet5.com reported. The incident started at 6 p.m. on Monday, according to the report. According to the police report, Crowley accused him of pushing her head into a car window. According to the police report both Manziel, who spent about 10 weeks in rehab this offseason, and Crowley were drinking but not charged. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel told police he had two drinks, and his girlfriend was impaired.

The newsnet5.com story, citing the police report, said a witness called police after Manziel’s white Nissan used the shoulder to pass her at a high speed. The couple was arguing and Crowley attempted to exit the vehicle while they were on the road. This is from newsnet5.com:

In the report, Crowley told police Manziel pushed her head into a window. She wanted her cell phone because she was concerned about her safety and said she just wanted to return to Texas.

The report stated police did see an abrasion on Crowley’s arm but later determined that the abrasion was from Manziel’s attempt to keep her from getting out of the vehicle while it was on the road.

On Friday evening, Manziel tweeted an explanation:

Police determined the couple wasn’t intoxicated enough to be charged, Crowley didn’t want to press charges, so they were allowed to leave the scene in Manziel’s car.

Crowley put out a statement on her Instagram account:

“J & I are good. I appreciate the people who stopped to check on us and call the police, I could see how it may have looked. Anytime anyone sees a guy and a girl arguing on the side of a road they should definitely stop, you never know what that could be. Fortunately it was just an argument, it was private, and we are all good!”

The report is troubling in a few ways. Manziel spent time in rehab this offseason for an unspecified reason, and he has asked that the circumstances surrounding that stay in rehab remain private. Manziel’s partying before this year has been often discussed on social media. He was released from rehab in April.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer released a statement, via Cabot:

“We were aware of the situation,” Farmer said in the statement. “It is a matter that we take seriously and have expressed our concerns to Johnny directly. Those conversations will remain private and we will refrain from further comment at this time.”

Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland said that a team spokesman said Manziel will be active for Sunday’s game.

When he was out of rehab he released a statement apologizing to many, including the Browns. This is part of the apology:

“I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect.

“I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say.”

Manziel got a chance to start in Week 2 because of an injury to starter Josh McCown, and led the Browns to a win. Many thought Manziel should have been given a chance to start for Cleveland going forward, but the Browns stuck with McCown. But Manziel’s NFL future looked much brighter than it had for months.

After this latest incident, it appears again that Manziel might have to start building up trust again in the Browns organization.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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Did Tim Tebow make the team?

Tim Tebow might just have locked up spot on Eagles’ 53-man roster

Playing too little or too much in the fourth preseason game can be a bad sign for a player trying to make an NFL roster. But in the case of Tim Tebow, a strong effort Thursday night against theNew York Jets might mean that Tebow could make the Philadelphia Eagles‘ Week 1 roster.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow (11) looks to pass during warmups before their pre-season game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 3, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Rich Schultz, Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow (11) looks to pass during warmups before their pre-season game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 3, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Rich Schultz, Getty Images)

All signs and reports had pointed toward Chip Kelly keeping Tebow, but nothing is ever clear with Kelly, who said this would be a “big week” for Tebow. If that’s the case, he made the most of it, completing 11-of-17 passes — including some nice touch throws — for 189 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.

Tebow, in a battle with Matt Barkley for the Eagles’ third QB spot (if they keep three) behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, watched Barkley start the game but struggle. His second pass of the game was picked off, and though Barkley led a field-goal drive on his next chance, he finished an unimpressive 4-of-9 passing for 45 yards with that one INT.

On the third and fourth series, Tebow moved the ball a little but ended both drives with punts. But he got the Eagles moving right before the half — against Jets second- and third-stringers, yes — and strung together big plays, taking over on his own 15-yard line with 1:49 remaining. Shaking loose from a sack to run for 17 yards. Passes for 28 and 23 yards. And after taking a sack, Tebow hit Rasheed Bailey for his first TD pass of the preseason.

Taking over again in the fourth quarter, Tebow had a rough series after completing a pretty 45-yard touch pass, incurring a false start, getting called for intentional grounding and getting picked inside the Jets’ red zone.

But he atoned on his final possession, leading a nine-play, 45-yard TD drive capped by a 9-yard pass to Freddie Martino.

Tebow was 2-of-2 passing and had two rushes for 14 yards on the drive.

Overall, he has looked decent this preseason. Throw in some decent training-camp performances, which earned some praise from Kelly, and Tebow looks like he has a good chance to make the team and perhaps even carve out a role as a specialist. Bradford is the starter and Sanchez is the backup. Is Tebow the third? We shall see. But Thursday helped his solid cause.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him atedholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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