NFL notes: Johnny Manziel says fan was 'intoxicated, very aggressive'

Cleveland rookie QB Johnny Manziel speaks for first time about incident with man in lobby of apartment buildin

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

Speaking 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 last 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 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. He said he does not plan to press charges.

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

49ers fallout

The San Francisco 49ers' 19-3 loss to archrival Seattle on Thanksgiving night produced ripple effects Friday, when owner Jed York said the team's effort "wasn't acceptable," and the daughter of the club's general manager tweeted that the offensive coordinator should be fired.

Cassie Baalke, daughter of GM Trent Baalke, called for offensive coordinator Greg Roman's ouster before quickly deleting her Twitter post and later closing the account altogether. Trent Baalke issued a statement Friday saying he and Cassie had apologized to Roman.

Clowney out

The Houston Texans said rookie defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, will miss Sunday's game against Tennessee after he experienced swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. Clowney had said Thursday he was unlikely to play.


Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who's had a sprained knee ligament, returned to practice on a limited basis, and his availability for Sunday's game at Atlanta will be a game-time decision. . . . Seattle placed rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury and claimed defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy off waivers from Indianapolis. . . . Tennessee starting offensive tackles Taylor Lewan (ankle) and Michael Oher (toe) have not practiced all week and will be game-time decisions against Houston. . . . Linebacker Brandon Marshall, Denver's leading tackler, said he expects to play Sunday night at Kansas City after clearing the NFL's concussion protocol. . . . Oakland running back Latavius Murray failed to pass the final test of his concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against St. Louis. . . . Chicago placed linebacker Lance Briggs on the reserve/injured list because of a groin injury. . . . Atlanta strong safety William Moore is set to return from a shoulder injury after missing seven games. . . . New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said he expects to miss the Monday night game against Miami because of turf toe.

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