Browns refute report about Johnny Manziel, say they didn't lie

The Cleveland Browns denied an NFL Network report that they lied about Manziel having a concussion and that he was drunk at practice during the final week of the season. NFL Network reported and later recanted the lying portion, but there were multiple reports that he appeared inebriated.

"Johnny Manziel came to our facility on the morning of December 30th and complained of concussion symptoms," a statement released by the team said. "He was tested by an independent neurologist and entered the league's concussion protocol. He remained in the protocol until January 12th after being cleared by the independent neurologist."

According to ESPN, a Browns source said: "Manziel looked terrible. He wasn't drunk, but he was heavily hung over on something. There was something going on there. This wasn't some massive cover-up. What are you going to do? You have to put him in the protocol. He was not drunk that day, but he was [recovering] from being on something. I don't know what he was doing the night before, but something was wrong with him." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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