On Friday, the department received a complaint of the alleged assault, spurring a renewed effort to determine if anything criminal occurred during the encounter. As the listed suspect, Manziel could now be facing legal concerns in addition to any discipline that the NFL may hand down.
Manziel's exit from NFL circles seems to be more assured by the week, especially after details emerged from his most recent brush with the law. On Saturday, an argument with an ex-girlfriend turned into a harrowing experience in which he "restrained" and struck her multiple times across two separate jurisdictions. Eventually, he ran from her residence, but not before police were called and a helicopter dispatched in search of the quarterback. Although he has avoided criminal charges, the NFL is investigating the matter to determine whether discipline is in order.
Before undergoing a CT scan last week, Romo fully expected to have surgery at some point in the offseason, but the Cowboys now have some options to ponder. If the team opts for the first one, a set of screws will attach a plate over the collarbone in order to stabilize the area and avoid another fracture. As for the second choice, if the next CT scan reveals a suitable amount of bone growth and regeneration to last week's base line, he may undergo a Mumford procedure, in which part of "the distal clavicle is shaved off or removed." The latter procedure is preferable, as it reduces long-term stress on the collarbone versus the attachment of a plate. No matter which path Romo takes, he'll face a 6-to-8 week recovery, setting him up to take part in the entire offseason program.
Manziel added to his long list of off-field issues this past weekend when another domestic disturbance resulted in the authorities being called in to investigate. The Browns' front office has now officially had enough of Manziel and the distractions he brings with him and will opt to release him after just two seasons in Cleveland. However, the Browns cannot make the move official until the new league year begins in March. Now that Manziel's tenure in Cleveland has come to a close, it will be one of the stories of the offseason to see whether the embattled former Heisman Trophy winner can turn things around and convince a team to give him a second chance.
Luck's 2015 season was marked by shoulder and ankle injuries before suffering a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdomen on Nov. 10, which ultimately ended his season. After two months of recovery, Luck is now fully healed and those injuries should no longer be an issue moving forward.
The 2015 first overall pick capped off a memorable rookie campaign with a strong showing as a replacement for Tom Brady. Winston hit a streaking Delanie Walker down the middle for a 53-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and then found DeAndre Hopkins for a seven-yard strike in the fourth. The 22-year-old will now head into offseason under a new head coach in former Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but with the benefit of playing in Koetter's offensive system for the second consecutive season. If Tampa is able to re-up free agent Doug Martin, Winston will be armed with arguably his three top offensive weapons from 2015 in Martin, Charles Sims and Mike Evans going into the 2016 campaign.
McCown endured an avalanche of ailments in the most recent campaign, missing one game due to a concussion, two more due to a rib injury, and the final five outings with a broken collarbone. Despite the misfortune on the injury front, he completed 186 of 292 passes for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions in just eight games. With the troubles befalling Johnny Manziel, McCown appears to be the Browns' starting quarterback, especially with a contract in hand through the 2017 season.
Rodgers has never been listed with a knee issue in the course of his professional career, but the procedure was performed as a "cleanup of an old injury," which could be a reference to reconstructive surgery that was performed on his left knee in January of 2004 at the University of California. Arthroscopic surgeries aren't accompanied by lengthy recovery periods, and the quarterback himself stated Friday that he's "doing well" and "recovering on schedule." As a result, he pulled himself out of Sunday's Pro Bowl but shouldn't have any problem being available for the entirety of the offseason program.
The new information is somewhat convoluted but concerning in any case. The report states that a call was made alerting police to a potential assault, though upon arriving at the location police only located a woman now identified as Manziel's ex-girlfriend, who apparently was not the caller. The woman said that she was involved with a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend (Manziel) earlier in the evening, in Dallas, though she evidently did not cooperate with Fort Worth police further. The Fort Worth police forwarded the report to the Dallas Police Department, and the matter appears to be in their hands at this point. The woman otherwise told Fort Worth police that she was concerned for the well-being of Manziel, but police eventually determined that he was in no danger. It sounds like another very messy situation for Manziel, whose presumed exit from Cleveland might be hastened as a result.
The 2015 first-rounder is replacing Tom Brady, but nevertheless holds an important distinction in franchise history. Winston arguably earned the honor by becoming only the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in his first season, joining a distinguished list that includes Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. Winston's 4,042 yards also set a frachise rookie record for quarterbacks, as did his 28 combined touchdowns.