Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment facility Wednesday, according to friends and team officials.
"Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason," Brad Beckworth, Manziel's friend and adviser, said Monday. "On behalf of Johnny and his family, we're asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland."
Manziel, a star quarterback at Texas A&M, was drafted by the Browns in 2014 with the 22nd pick.Since he was drafted, Manziel, 22, has been criticized for his habit of posting pictures to Twitter and Instagram while out partying with a number of celebrities. After Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy, his father notoriously said of his son: "He ate Skittles, drank beer and won the Heisman."
"We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns," Browns General Manager Ray Farmer said. "We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same," Farmer's statement said.
Falcons hire Seahawks' Quinn as coach
The Falcons' long wait for new leadership on the field finally ended when Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was named the team's coach. The Falcons said Quinn will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday. Quinn replaces Mike Smith, who was fired following a 6-10 finish in 2014.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he was impressed by Quinn's "definitive plan for our football team and what it will take to win on a consistent basis. He also has a proven ability to develop players by maximizing their individual strengths," Blank said.
Colts beat Vikings to Duron Carter
The Colts signed former CFL receiver Duron Carter. Terms of the deal were not announced, but the 6-5, 205-pound receiver was considered one of the top talents coming out of Canada this year. He is the son of Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter and was being pursued by the Vikings.
... Chargers' 11-year veteran center Nick Hardwick will announce his retirement Tuesday.
... The judge presiding over thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits wants lawyers to tweak the proposed settlement to benefit more retired players. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia has been nudging both sides toward a plan that could pay out $1 billion over 65 years.
AROUND THE HORN
Baseball: Lefthander Paul Maholm agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds. ... Dave Bergman — a key member of the 1984 Tigers World Series championship team — died of bile cancer. He was 61. ... Veteran catcher Gerald Laird agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Skiing: American Stacey Cook clocked the fastest time in a windy downhill training session at the world championships with teammate Lindsey Vonn fourth.