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Johnny Manziel's arm injury is an ongoing problem

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The Cleveland Browns have had yet another pre-season that has become far from ideal, to say the very least.


After last years debacle where quarterback Johnny Manziel spent more time drinking and partying than learning the playbook, and fellow first rounder Justin Gilbert turned out to be a massive draft bust, the Browns would have been hoping to fly under the radar heading in to the 2015 season.

That hasn't been allowed however, with the aforementioned Manziel suffering an elbow injury that is going to keep him out for potentially the rest of the pre-season. However, the injury may be worse than first thought.


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Permanent Problem

Of all the things to worry about with Manziel, his health was never a problem. That changed as Manziel has been sitting out practice all week with elbow soreness, something he has battled with since high school.

According to the Browns, this problems comes about as a function of his throwing motion, making it a fundamental problem. And it won't ever go away, because the Browns have no interest in changing his motion.

Odd Throwing Motion

“As [offensive coordinator John DeFilippo] talked about, sometimes when a guy drops the elbow and has that three-quarter release, it’s going to put a little bit more pressure on the elbow than it is on the shoulder,” Mike Pettine said.

Elbow pain in a quarterback is rare. For most quarterback's with normal releases, it is their shoulder that takes the brunt of wear and tear. But Manziel’s drop-down motion is different, and that puts more stress on his elbow, as Pettine explained above.

So, Manziel could have these problems for a long time. This might be the first elbow injury of Johnny Manziel's pro career, but it certainly won't be his last.

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