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Betsy Ross: Should Manziel Play?

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With a shoulder injury to Cleveland's starting quarterback Josh McCown, the Browns are facing this question: Should backup Johnny Manziel start next Sunday?

Now, we're not talking about his signal-calling ability, although the discussion in Cleveland again is whether the Browns should play Manziel 'just to see what they have.'

The question is, should he be on an NFL active roster at all?

Police in Avon, a Cleveland suburb, pulled over a car Manziel was driving on October 12 after witnesses saw him driving down the berm of the highway at 90 miles an hour and changing lanes erratically. His girlfriend in the car, Colleen Crowley, told police Manziel had hit her a couple of times and shoved her head into the window. But she didn't want to pursue charges.

Manziel admitted to police he had a couple of drinks (remember, he spent 10 weeks in rehab in the off season) but police let both of them go.

The NFL is said to be investigating and Manziel says he will cooperate. But it seems to be another example of the NFL can't decide what its domestic policy will be and how it will be enforced. Manziel's incident is two weeks old and there's no decision by either the league or club on whether there will be repercussions.

Until the NFL decides how to uniformly handle domestic violence cases, no one-not players, not teams, and not possible victims-will know what to do. It's a shame that it takes a Ray Rice-type video to get the NFL to take a firm stand on a life-or-death issue.

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