UPDATE: Pettine disputes that Manziel will start

Posted at 4:16 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 16:16:39-05

Rumors are circling that Johnny Manziel will return as the starting quarterback for the Browns, but Head Coach Mike Pettine said this afternoon that he is not ready to say that yet.

Manziel was benched for two games, ESPN reported. His demotion from starter to third stringer came after a video and photos of him partying in a Texas club during Cleveland's bye week were released. 

According to ESPN, Browns coach Mike Pettine said after Sunday's 37-3 loss to the Bengals that he would make a decision about the quarterback position on Monday.

But Sports Reporter Lauren Brill said Pettine disputed the claim Monday afternoon.

While a team spokesman said he had no knowledge that Manziel would be named the starter, one source told ESPN that Manziel would replace Austin Davis as the starter unless Manziel had done something to jeopardize his status between the end of Sunday's loss and Monday.