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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says sore right elbow improving, surgery not necessary

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BEREA, Ohio — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he's had to manage elbow soreness since his freshman year in college, and that he does not need surgery.

Manziel hasn't thrown a pass since Aug. 23, when his elbow flared up during practice. He was shut down from playing in Cleveland's final two exhibition games and he and the Browns believe rest should take care of the soreness.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass in the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills in Cleveland. Anytime there’s a debate about the NFL’s toughest division, teams in the AFC North are quick to point out the playoff appearances. The AFC North has sent more teams to the playoffs than any other division in the last seven years, 15 in all. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass in the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills in Cleveland. Anytime there’s a debate about the NFL’s toughest division, teams in the AFC North are quick to point out the playoff appearances. The AFC North has sent more teams to the playoffs than any other division in the last seven years, 15 in all. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Manziel said surgery is not an option and the Browns reached out famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

The 22-year-old says he should be able to resume throwing next week. Manziel is confident the problem will not "creep back" during the regular season.

Manziel said the soreness will never "go away completely" but that it's ordinary for any quarterback.


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