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NFL notebook: Browns’ Manziel says he tried to avoid altercation

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| Friday, November 28, 2014 9:24 p.m.
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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before a game against the Texans in Cleveland.

No, he’s not Johnny Footbrawl.

Johnny Manziel said he did everything he could to escape a “very aggressive” fan before an altercation in the lobby of the Browns rookie quarterback’s apartment building.

Speaking on Friday for the first time since last week’s incident, Manziel said the man, identified in a police report as Chris Gonos, was “a very intoxicated, very aggressive person that approached me in the lobby.” Manziel said he went out dinner on Friday night with his mother and roommate and had returned to The 9, a downtown hotel where he has an apartment, when he was confronted by “what has been made out to be a fan.”

Manziel did not name Gonos but said the man was “putting his hands on me, kind of toying with me.” The popular former Heisman Trophy winner said he and his roommate tried to coax the man into another elevator and “the guy got very aggressive” before security was able to intervene.

Manziel declined to provide any details about the skirmish, which police said took place at 2:30 a.m., and he would not say if he threw any punches. Manziel showed no visible markings from the altercation, and said he does not plan to press charges.

Gonos had told police he was struck and assaulted by “Johnny Football and his entourage.”

Manziel dismissed the idea that he’s surrounded by people when he’s out in public.

“There is no entourage, I live with one other person and my mother was upstairs,” the first-round draft pick said. “That’s about as much entourage as you get, being with my mom. “

Vikings rookie RB McKinnon out

Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon will not play against Carolina on Sunday because of an injury to his lower back.

McKinnon didn’t practice all week. He was listed as doubtful. The rookie said his condition is nothing he “can’t play through,” but he confirmed he will be held out against the Panthers. That will mean more time in the backfield for Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and perhaps Ben Tate.

49ers GM, daughter apologize for tweet

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said he and his daughter have apologized to offensive coordinator Greg Roman for her tweet calling for Roman to be fired in the wake of the 49ers’ offensive failures in a 19-3 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday.

“My daughter and I both regret that her feelings got the best of her after last night’s game and that she chose social media as an avenue to express her feelings,” Baalke said in a statement on Friday. “We have apologized to Greg for this unfortunate matter. While disappointed, as a father I will use this as a teachable moment to help my daughter grow.”

After the game, Cassie Baalke, a college freshman, tweeted, “Greg Roman can take a hike. The 49ers don’t want you no more.”

Cassie later deleted the tweet and her Twitter account.

The 49ers have the league’s 23rd-ranked yardage offense and 24th scoring offense (19.3 points per game).

Bears put LB Briggs on IR

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Briggs suffered a groin injury last Sunday in the Bears’ win over the Buccaneers and did not play in Chicago’s loss to the Lions on Thursday in Detroit.

The seven-time Pro Bowler had 63 tackles, 2 12 tackles for loss and one interception this season. He also missed three games earlier in the season with a rib injury.

Extra points

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) missed another practice and could miss Sunday’s game at the Chiefs. … Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) practiced on a limited basis and coach Bruce Arians says the eight-time Pro Bowler’s participation will be a game-time decision Sunday in Atlanta. … Raiders running back Latavius Murray failed to pass the final test of the NFL-mandated concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against St. Louis. … Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will not play Sunday against the Titans due to ongoing complications with his surgically repaired knee. … Broncos top tackler Brandon Marshall says he expects to play Sunday night at Kansas City after clearing concussion protocol and practicing in full. … Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has a turf toe injury that won’t require surgery, but he expects to miss Monday night’s game against the Dolphins.

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