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Report: Browns fine Manziel, other rookies for being late to meeting


Browns rookie Johnny Manziel reportedly got off to a bad start this week when he was late to work.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Manziel and some other rookies on the team were disciplined because they didn’t show up on time to a meeting on Monday morning.

“He and a few other rookies misread the schedule and they were, I think, fined for being a couple minutes late on Monday morning,” Mortensen said on Monday Night Countdown.

Mortensen added, however, that the Browns have generally been pleased with the work Manziel has done, including showing up to the team’s facility voluntarily on Sunday when the players weren’t required to be there following the Saturday night preseason opener. And Mortensen said Manziel’s tardiness was not a factor in the Browns’ decision to start Brian Hoyer for this week’s second preseason game.

Manziel may need to have a big game against Washington on Monday night if he’s going to unseat Hoyer. The Browns are expected to choose their Week One starter by the third game of the preseason.