Johnny Manziel was taken out of the Cleveland Browns match-up against the Carolina Panthers just before half-time, with the Browns trailing the contest 10-3.
Manziel injured himself while attempting to roll out of the pocket to the left deep inside his own end.
The Browns quarterback made no gain on the play before he was slammed to the turf in a brutal and legal tackle by two Panthers’ defenders.
The former Texas A&M signal-caller remained down after the incident, before he was helped off the field and into the locker room to get checked out. Brian Hoyer deputized for the Browns and connected with Jordan Cameron on a huge 81-yard touchdown, before the Panthers won out 17-13.
It’s understood that Manziel injured his hamstring on the play, which left his game status as questionable and he did not return. The fact that we did not see Manziel again after his injury is understandable after his comments post-game about the injury.
"As I kept walking more and more, it just felt like something I hadn't experienced before," said Manziel, who completed 3 of 8 passes for 32 yards. "I figured I needed to get checked out. Pretty frustrating."
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The injury is a huge blow for Manziel and his aim of keeping the starting berth at the Browns. Manziel has had to sit on the bench for the majority of this season while Brian Hoyer under performed.
But despite Hoyer getting dropped and Manziel starting his first NFL game last week, the young quarterback failed to impress on his NFL debut, and this injury could just be the incident that allows Brian Hoyer to take back the starting job.