Johnny Manziel says he had ‘delayed onset concussion’

August 16, 2018
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 file photo, Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) passes during first-half CFL football game action against the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa, Ontario. Johnny Manziel was placed under the Canadian Football League's concussion protocol Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The Montreal Alouettes quarterback was hit at the goal line last weekend, leading to a fumble that a teammate recovered for a touchdown in a 24-17 loss at Ottawa. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

MONTREAL (AP) — Johnny Manziel described his condition as a “delayed onset concussion” and said he had headaches.

The Montreal quarterback spoke on a podcast Thursday, five days after taking a big hit and fumbling at the goal line in the Alouettes’ 24-17 loss at Ottawa.

Manziel was cleared to stay in the game after being checked out by the referee, the league injury spotter and the team’s doctor. He missed practice Tuesday and was placed under concussion protocol Wednesday.

“As far as him going to get blood work done, that was in relation to his medication (for bipolar disorder),” coach Mike Sherman said. “The side-effects of his medication are very similar to what someone who took a blow to the head could be.”

Manziel attended team meetings, but didn’t practice this week. He didn’t speak to the media.

“I walked by him today and I asked how he was feeling and he said OK, but it wasn’t OK good, it was just kind of OK,” Sherman said.

With Manziel out, Antonio Pipkin will start Saturday night at Edmonton. He’ll be the injury-ravaged Alouettes’ fifth starter and sixth quarterback overall in nine games.

Montreal is 1-7 this season and has won just once in 19 games going back a year.

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