Johnny Manziel isn't wearing a sling on his throwing arm Tuesday and should be healthy enough to start against Vanderbilt on Saturday, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.
Am told Johnny Manziel will be fine to play Sat and is out of sling today, per source. #Aggies— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 22, 2013
A&M WR Mike Evans just said Manziel was in a sling during Monday's practice.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) October 22, 2013
It's a positive step for Manziel and the Aggies, but it doesn't mean the quarterback will be back in practice right away.
Sumlin said 'we'll see' when asked if Manziel could play a game without practicing the entire week.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) October 22, 2013
That's not necessarily saying Johnny won't return to practice but will be interesting to see how the week plays out.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) October 22, 2013
Manziel got hurt when he was driven into the ground by an Auburn defender and landed hard on his shoulder. He was apparently wearing the sling Monday to protect him from himself, at least in part.
WR Labhart said Manziel was mainly in sling during practice primarily to keep him from throwing passes -- because such a competitor.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) October 22, 2013
That didn't stop him from throwing some passes with his left hand, though.
This is the hit that caused the shoulder injury:
He was clearly in pain when he attempted to throw the ball not long after sustaining the injury, but he managed to return to the game after missing just one series. He finished the day with 454 yards passing and four touchdown throws, though the effort wasn't enough to down Auburn, which prevailed, 45-41, on the strength of a 21-point outburst in the fourth quarter.
The Aggies host Vanderbilt at noon ET this Saturday.