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Manziel reportedly OK to play Sat.; Sumlin ‘hopeful’

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We’re stepping away from the news involving the Miami Hurricanes — at least for a minute or two — as word has begun to trickle out on a player you may have heard of on occasion and his availability for this Saturday’s game.

In the upset loss to Auburn this past Saturday, Johnny Manziel suffered a shoulder injury at the end of a scramble early in the fourth quarter.  Manziel was replaced for the remainder of that first series in the quarter and missed A&M’s next possession before returning with just over nine minutes left.  Despite the fact that he completed 9-of-10 passes upon his return, there was some concern exiting the game that the reigning Heisman winner might be unavailable for this Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

Those fears were exacerbated when some of Manziel’s teammates confirmed the quarterback’s arm was in a sling for Monday’s practice.  That, however, appeared to be precautionary in nature.

CBSSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman reported via Twitter Tuesday afternoon that, per a source, he’s been told “Johnny Manziel will be fine to play Sat(urday) and is out of [the] sling today.”  Head coach Mike Sumlin seemed to buttress that report shortly thereafter, telling reporters he’s “hopeful” Manziel will play against Vandy.

That said, Sumlin said his evaluation of Manziel during the practice sessions through Friday will determine his availability Saturday.  Sumlin was non-committal when asked if Manziel would play if he didn’t practice at all this week.

Matt Joeckel, who briefly replaced Manziel against Auburn, would get the start if Manziel is unable to go, Sumlin said.

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12 Responses to “Manziel reportedly OK to play Sat.; Sumlin ‘hopeful’”
  1. thraiderskin says: Oct 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    I wonder if this injury will effect his “money” gesture.

  2. dkhhuey says: Oct 22, 2013 8:55 PM

    Let’s see – Johnny Douchebag has been, well, a douchebag… so how does he mend his tattered reputation.. play the underdog card and what better way to pull that off – fake an injury. Wouldn’t put it past this money sucking putz to fake injuries to try and repair his tarnished reputation in order to improve his draft and Heisman status…. not a surprise at all!

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 22, 2013 10:21 PM

    I was in the stadium. He got rocked. Pile driven into the ground on his right shoulder. It’s what you wanted right?

    To see the best college football player in America get hurt?

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 22, 2013 10:23 PM

    And the actual coaching staff has said nothing about Manziel being pronounced fit to play next week.

    Given what I saw close up, and how the last 4 plays unfolded. I’d say he’s no better than 50/50 to play. It’s hard to throw a football with a separated shoulder.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 22, 2013 11:42 PM

    I hope Manziel gets healthy, he is simply the best player I have seen play since Elway was with Stanford. I personally think he has sacrificed his game for the sake of the team. His passing has improved exponentially. I will pleasantly surprised if he is taken in the first round, but I expect teams to use a third round on him.

    RTR

  6. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 22, 2013 11:50 PM

    DK,

    Manziel is a college age kid doing knuckleheaded things. There are two types of kids in a locker room, knuckleheads and criminals. The first you tolerate, the second you avoid.

    Isn’t it funny that the State of Connecticut cannot find any supporting documentation of the sports broker filing his special event tax form with the State on the Walter Camp event in which the broker said Manziel signed over 2,000 autographs? Broker never filed as required by law for the State to receive it’s event fee.

    What is more telling is the broker is avoiding the process server delivering the papers from the State of Connecticut to provide the necessary forms and fees or face legal action.

    RTR

  7. sportsfan18 says: Oct 23, 2013 3:27 AM

    Well the D is going to be going after him to try and hit him there and to tackle him so that arm gets driven into the turf first with a 300 lb concerned opponent on top of him…

    Good luck Johnny!

  8. nacho50 says: Oct 23, 2013 11:29 AM

    I actually want to call espn and ask them what happened to the johnny is an a hole story that ran all summer. funny you don’t hear about it anymore.

  9. 2late2matter says: Oct 23, 2013 1:21 PM

    No doubt Manziel will play, as the haters want to see him fail.

    John Manziel will play (and win) the game against Vandy because he has he mental control of a Peyton Manning with the athleticism of a “I’m-going-to-win-this game” Vince Young.

    The A & M squad will rally around their quarterback and I predict the final score to be a shocker to those who are against a Sophomore, two-time Heisman winner.

  10. dkhhuey says: Oct 23, 2013 5:21 PM

    Sorry – no way Johnny DB wins the trophy twice! He may put up the stats necessary but his side antics on the field, coupled with his off the field stupidity that will cause voters to look elsewhere

  11. greggatx says: Oct 23, 2013 11:53 PM

    I’m never happy or glad when a player gets hurt even when I dislike him. I would rather watch a healthy little johnny lose. It would be more satisfying. The aggies look like they have lost control of their season. Not really surprising. The sec is taking a beating this year with the exception of three teams so far. missouri and alabama still have 3 stuff games and auburn still has two. Could the sec season end with no undefeated teams? :-) Just dreaming…

  12. lifeimitatesfootball says: Oct 26, 2013 12:07 AM

    MIKE Sumlin? Gee I thought his name was Kevin Sumlin…Gig ‘Em Aggies!

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