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Johnny Manziel fined $12K for flipping the bird

The gesture also earned the Browns rookie plenty of criticism.

Rob Carr

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping the bird in the team's preseason game against Washington, per Adam Schefter.

Manziel's gesture was intended for the Washington sideline, and the response was instant on Twitter and in the media. All eyes have been on Johnny Football since he was drafted in the first round by the Browns, and the team's ongoing competition for starting quarterback has been covered like the Browns are a Super Bowl contender. Even though the gesture isn't that uncommon, it's not surprising Manziel's actions were in the spotlight for so long.

Unfortunately for Manziel, the quarterback competition is over in Cleveland, as Brian Hoyer has been named the team's starter for the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team does have two preseason games left against the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears, but head coach Mike Pettine already announced his choice.

However, the Browns are reportedly looking into special offensive packages designed to get Manziel some playing time even if he's not starting at quarterback.