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The Cleveland Browns are expecting QB Johnny Manziel to join the team for offseason workouts on April 20th after he finishes his rehab program in the next few weeks.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported that Manziel is expected to be released from his alcohol-related rehabilitation program in early April, but that Browns GM Ray Farmer expects Manziel will rejoin the team when they report for workouts later that month.
“I don’t think it’s in doubt,” Farmer said. “Again, I’m not the point person in that (the people handling his rehabilitation are). So I would defer to those kind of controlling his care and let them decide what that looks like.”
Despite a reputation for partying and disrespecting authority when he was a Heisman trophy winning QB at Texas A&M, the Cleveland Browns drafted Manziel No. 22 overall in the 2014 NFL draft.
In the 2014 training camp he told reporters that he would not stop his partying ways just because he was an NFL player.
Manziel would lose the starting QB battle to Brian Hoyer, who led the Browns to a 7-6 record before being benched for poor performance.
In turn, the Browns gave Manziel his shot at starting QB, but in just two starts he was unable to get anything done – going a lowly 13 of 26 for 112 passing yards and 2 INTs before being placed on injured reserve in Week 17. He got into trouble on numerous occasions for getting into fights outside of football and drinking before practices. At the end of the 2014 season, he checked himself into rehab for his excessive alcohol use and has there has been no news of his status since then.