Tuesday’s roundup: Browns go with Manziel

Associated Press

Cleveland — Johnny Manziel’s timeout has ended. He’s starting for the Browns again.

The polarizing quarterback will play Sunday against the 49ers, returning to the lineup after being benched two games by Browns coach Mike Pettine for defiantly partying during the team’s bye week.

Pettine is giving Manziel another chance after the second-year quarterback broke a promise that he wouldn’t become a distraction when the team was off last month.

Manziel had been named the starter for Cleveland’s final six games Nov. 17 only to throw away the opportunity with his escapades. He was demoted to third string, but moved up one spot last week when Josh McCown sustained a season-ending collarbone break.

Pettine believes Johnny Football has paid his dues.

“He’s been solid in the building over the last couple of weeks and we are hopeful he takes this opportunity to continue to build on the progress he’s made on the field throughout the season,” Pettine said. “The goal for every game is to go out and win, and Johnny needs to show that he can put us in position to do so during these last four weeks of the season.”

Manziel will replace Austin Davis, who started last weekend’s 37-3 embarrassing loss to Cincinnati. Davis, the 24th quarterback to start for Cleveland since 1999, didn’t do anything to lose his job, but not enough to hang on to it either.

The Browns lost two wide receivers to injuries against the Bengals.

Cleveland changed starting quarterbacks six times this season — this is the third time Manziel has been given the job.

The Browns (2-10) are on a seven-game losing streak.

Before Pettine announced his decision, wide receiver Brian Hartline said he was excited by the prospect of Manziel being back in the lineup.

“He was doing some great things on the field a couple of weeks back and I expect him to continue that level of play,” Hartline said. “It’s an added preparation for the incoming team.”

Personnel dept.

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett will miss the rest of the season with a rib injury.

... 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (Michigan State) was placed on season-ending injured reserve (ankle).

... The Jets placed defensive end Mike Catapano (foot) on season-ending injured reserve.

... Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander was suspended for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games without pay.

... The Giants placed long snapper Zak DeOssie (wrist) and tight end Larry Donnell (neck) on injured reserve, and signed long snapper Danny Aiken and cornerback Tramain Jacobs to fill the roster spots.

Cavallari search

As the search resumes for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s brother-in-law, investigators are examining whether one factor in his disappearance was his recent arrest on allegations he acted threateningly toward a woman and had a gun.

Michael Cavallari’s car was found abandoned 12 days ago in southern Utah.

Cavallari, 30, was arrested in Southern California four days before his 2014 Honda Civic was found in Utah.