Johnny Manziel, who replaced McCown in the fourth quarter against the Rams, met Wednesday evening with league investigators, who are looking into whether he violated the personal conduct policy during an Oct. 12 argument with his girlfriend. According to an Avon, Ohio, police report, Colleen Crowley accused Manziel of hitting her and pushing her head against his car's window during their argument.
Coach Mike Pettine confirmed the league hopes to have its inquiry wrapped up quickly.
''There's a sense of urgency to it,'' said Pettine, who was asked if he was confident Manziel would be available for Sunday's game. ''We'll just wait and see. The league has its protocol on how they handle these situations, and we've been ultra-cooperative to date and will continue to be.''
The league could fine or suspend Manziel if it feels he violated its personal conduct policy, which was revised and strengthened last year Austin Seferian-Jenkins Womens Jerseyfollowing the high-profile case involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Investigators have already spoken with the police officers who were at the scene of Manziel's incident, which began on a busy interstate highway and ended on a gravel driveway. Manziel told police that he and Crowley had been drinking alcohol before their fight. He denied striking Crowley and police determined he was not intoxicated before allowing him to drive Crowley home.
McCown said he's feeling better and had hoped to test his shoulder and ribs by throwing before heading home. The 36-year-old was sacked four times by the Rams - he's been sacked 21 times in the past five games - and also took a vicious shot to the chin before finally staggering to the sideline.
''He looked how we all felt,'' said Pettine, who has been impressed by the veteran's resilience and durability. ''It is amazing what a couple days off will do for you to get you back going. Afterwards, it didn't look good, and when you watch the tape, he took some unnecessary hits, but as we all know, he is as tough as nails.''
McCown has taken more than his share of hard knocks in 13 seasons. There isn't a week when something isn't hurting, and McCown forced a smile when asked how long it takes after a season for his body to feel ''normal.''
''In February,'' he said. ''It's part of the job description.''