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NFL NOTEBOOK: Manziel gets into action

on August 03, 2014 1:59 AM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Manziel was back in his element: on campus, in a stadium on a Saturday.

Cleveland’s rookie quarterback, whose electrifying scrambles and how-did-he-do-that passes made him a college football star, showed off some of those dazzling skills as the Browns held a scrimmage at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

Manziel and Brian Hoyer continued their quarterback competition in front of 20,673 fans, who didn’t see much scoring but got a chance to see Johnny Football in the flesh.

Manziel and Hoyer both had good and bad moments, and their battle to be Cleveland’s No. 1 starter remains too close to call.

Manziel worked exclusively with Cleveland’s second-string offense during the unscripted scrimmage, which began earlier than expected and was cut off a little early with threatening weather in the area. He made a crisp 14-yard completion to fellow rookie Willie Snead to convert on fourth down. Manziel also had an apparent touchdown pass dropped by wide receiver Charles Johnson in the end zone.

Manziel unofficially finished 3 of 7 for 14 yards and had three runs for 23 yards. Hoyer went 7 of 11 for 56 yards.

• SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey has a torn left biceps muscle and will undergo surgery, a person with knowledge of the injury said Saturday.

It’s unclear how long he might be sidelined. Dorsey left Friday’s practice with the injury. The source said Saturday that Dorsey had torn his biceps and would need an operation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced anything about Dorsey’s injury or the severity.

The Niners had a day off from training camp Saturday.

Losing Dorsey would be a huge blow 11 months after 2013 starting nose tackle Ian Williams went down with a season-ending ankle injury in a Week 2 loss at Seattle. Dorsey quickly emerged as a reliable replacement and stabilizing force for the defensive line.

• MIAMI (AP) — Center Samson Satele has signed with the Miami Dolphins, where he was a starter in his first two NFL seasons in 2007-08.

Satele played for the Oakland Raiders in 2009-11 and for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012-13. He has started 98 games in his career.

The Dolphins have tried three centers with the first team in training camp as they seek someone to fill in for Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey, who is expected to miss at least the first couple of games while recovering from hip surgery.

To make room for Satele on the roster, the Dolphins waived guard Samuel Longo on Saturday.

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