BEREA: Browns coach Mike Pettine didnt blatantly throw Johnny Manziel under the bus Friday.

But Pettine also didnt deny he demoted Manziel from starting quarterback to third on the depth chart this week partly because the 22nd overall pick in last years draft lied to him.

On Thursday, Fox Sports Jay Glazer reported Manziel told the Browns the party video that surfaced online Monday showing him holding a large bottle while singing and dancing in an Austin, Texas, nightclub late last week was old. He also tried to get other partygoers involved to cover it up, according to the report.

When a reporter told Pettine during a news conference Friday that its come to light that Manziel lied to him and other members of the coaching staff, Pettine cut off the reporter.

I already addressed it, Pettine said. I said trust and accountability was where we had a shortfall. I have nothing more to add.

Earlier in the news conference, Pettine was asked why Manziel is still on the team after lying.

I addressed this situation in detail on Wednesday, Pettine said. When I say Im sorry to disappoint, Im not really. But Im just not going there today. Weve got a game to get ready for Monday night. I dealt with it Wednesday. Im moving forward.

Josh McCown will start when the Browns (2-8) host the Baltimore Ravens (3-7) on Monday Night Football. Austin Davis will serve as the backup.

Meanwhile, Manziel is third on the depth chart and could be inactive.

I havent done the worksheet yet, but that always comes down to projected health, where we are at other positions, Pettine said. So I havent made that decision yet.

Coming off a 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pettine named Manziel the starter for the rest of the season on Nov. 17, then announced one week later he decided to bench the popular and polarizing player because of off-field behavior. Manziel spent more than 10 weeks this past offseason in an inpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in alcohol and drug addition treatment.

After Manziel had discussions with Pettine, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and quarterbacks coach Kevin OConnell about their expectations for his off-field conduct, he repeatedly partied during the teams recent five-day, bye-week break.

Evidence of the revelry appeared in a video posted to Instagram by a deejay known as DJ LX and was published Monday on BustedCoverage.com. Manziel tried to pass the footage off as old when the Beacon Journal asked him about it Monday during a community event at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Videos can be old, Manziel said. Videos can be all kinds of different things.

Asked specifically if the video in question was old, Manziel replied, I havent seen it, so I cant speak on it.

Later the same day, DJ LX told WKNR (850-AM) the video was old. He also deleted the post, which included the following caption: Sippin on Dom Perignon for no reason with Johnny Manziel.

According to Glazers report, Manziels attempted cover-up extended to his subsequent conversations with the Browns.

Although several interview requests have been submitted, the Browns have not made Manziel available to the media since he lost the starting job.

Asked Friday whether Manziel lied to the coaches about the party video, DeFilippo said, Im going to leave those conversations between myself and coach.

Still, DeFilippo said he supports Pettines decision to bench Manziel 100 percent and added the former Heisman Trophy winners fall is very disappointing.

On the other hand, DeFilippo said theres no doubt in my mind Johnnys going to bounce back, leaving the door open for Manziel to play again in the last six games of the season. The final stretch was supposed to be Manziels audition for 2016, when the Browns will likely have a high draft pick and an opportunity to select a top-rated quarterback.

Manziel is 1-4 as an NFL starter, including 1-2 this season. He has completed 59.4 percent of his passes this year with five touchdowns, two interceptions and a rating of 88.4. He had the best game of his young career against the Steelers, passing for 372 yards.

I like what Ive seen [from Manziel on the field]. I really do, DeFilippo said. Even the jump he made from the Cincinnati game to the Pittsburgh game was a huge jump. I think wed all agree on that. I think Johnnys played enough football where we know what we have in him, and as we all know, a six-game season in the NFL is a long stretch, a very long stretch. Were a long way from the end of the season. So you dont close doors on anything. You never say never in this profession. So to say that Johnny Manziel wont play again this season, Im not ready to say that.

DeFilippo also said he still believes Manziel can be a franchise quarterback despite his recurring off-field issues.

I know the person more than a lot of people, DeFilippo said. We all make mistakes. We all hope as an organization hes learned from some of the mistakes hes made. Were all a work in progress. Were going to keep working with him.

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