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Browns expect Manziel in April

Coach Mike Pettine says the team is getting positive feedback on Johnny Manziel’s rehab.

CLEVELAND BROWNS coach Mike Pettine expects quarterback Johnny Manziel to take part in the team's practices next month after leaving rehab.

Pettine said the team has received "good" feedback about Manziel, who entered a treatment facility on Jan. 28 for an undisclosed problem. A first-round draft pick in 2014, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M backed up Brian Hoyer before playing poorly in two starts. Following the season, Manziel acknowledged he should have taken his job more seriously.

Pettine does not know when Manziel will be discharged from rehab, but he expects the young QB to return to football immediately. The Browns will work out on April 20.

"When he is back, it will be full speed ahead for him," Pettine said. "I think he's very anxious at this point."

Pettine emphasized Manziel's personal issues outweigh anything related to his profession.

While at the owners' meetings, the Browns have had discussions with HBO about being featured on "Hard Knocks," the cable network's popular reality series that gives viewers and inside look at an NFL team during training camp. Pettine knows all about "Hard Knocks" from when he was an assistant coach with the New York Jets.

Pettine said Manziel's situation is a factor in the Browns' hesitancy to be on the program.


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