Johnny Manziel drew criticism after spending his Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas. (Ed Suba Jr. / McClatchy)
Cleveland — Johnny Manziel is back at work after a holiday weekend in Las Vegas.
And when you’re Johnny Football, what happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas.
The celebrated Browns rookie quarterback reported for organized team activities Tuesday following a few days in Vegas, where he kicked off his summer by hanging poolside with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, attended a UFC fight and was captured on video spraying champagne on patrons in a nightclub.
And, according to Manziel, he found time to study his playbook.
Following his first practices with Cleveland’s veterans last week, Manziel took advantage of a break in the workouts to head to Las Vegas. On Saturday, a photo of him and Gronkowski, surrounded by other partiers, appeared on several social media sites.
Later, Manziel posted a photo on his Twitter account of him standing with UFC president Dana White and a thank you note.
Although this was all done on his time, and Manziel didn’t commit a crime or have any known issues, his actions raised eyebrows in some circles about his commitment to playing in the NFL.
He seemed to fire back at any criticism by posting a photo on his Instagram account of his Browns playbook and iPad with the caption: “Guess it’s impossible to enjoy the weekend and study?”
Manziel, selected 22nd overall by the Browns after sliding in the first round, is expected to challenge Brian Hoyer (Michigan State) for the starting job.
Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith has undergone surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his right ankle, but the linebacker is expected back for the start of the Seahawks training camp in July.
... Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is getting an MRI for a left knee injury suffgered in OTAs, ESPN.com reported.
Cowboys officials, according to the report, fear Lee suffered a torn ACL.
The Ravens signed first-round pick C.J. Mosley, an All-America linebacker from Alabama.
... The Dolphins signed former Michigan State defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds. Reynolds had signed as an undrafted free agent with the Saints, but was cut and tried out with the Dolphins.
Letter writing campaign
Groups who oppose the Washington nickname are sending a letter signed by dozens of Native American, civil rights and religious organizations to every NFL player asking each to add his “powerful voice to the hundreds who are already speaking out.”