Johnny Manziel returned to practice on Thursday after missing the majority of this week with a flu bug that required IV’s to replace his lost fluids on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Now healthy, he’s wondering why he’s not starting for the Montreal Alouettes.
According to Sportsnet, Manziel says that he’s been healthy and available to play for the previous two weeks after suffering from a concussion he received in his second start against Ottawa on Aug. 11.
“If the club had faith in me, I feel like I would be the guy, I feel like I would’ve been the guy after I came back from the concussion,” Manziel said. “That hasn’t happened, so I need to continue to get out here. And it’s the hardest part about missing practice, I need these reps to try to leave as little doubt as possible in my ability to play.”
The Alouettes play the B.C. Lions on Friday, but Antonio Pipkin is expected to start. Montreal also has another quarterback, Matthew Shiltz, on roster.
When coach Mike Sherman was asked if Manziel would be the team’s third quarterback on Friday, he said it was “too soon” to tell.
“Seems like he’s doing better, so we’ll evaluate him a little bit more… I really haven’t even talked to the trainers about him other than the fact they gave him IVs yesterday at the doctors, and he’s feeling much better today,” Sherman said.
In an interview after the team’s pre-game walkthrough, Manziel said he feels like he’s “spinning his wheels” with his second CFL team.
Manziel said it was frustrating that the Alouettes seemed to have traded “half of an organization I feel like in terms of what they gave up to get me here.”
Manziel has started two games for Montreal and lost both. He has completed 27-of-46 passes for 272 yards and four interceptions.
While times may be hard right now in the CFL for Manziel, he says that he won’t get too down on himself.
“I’m going to continue to be the best teammate I can be, and I’m going to continue to be the best person for this organization, regardless of who’s playing or what the case is, or frustration.”