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The Fan Controlled Football league will be without their biggest star, quarterback Johnny Manziel, for the final regular-season game this weekend.
TMZ reports that Manziel had emergency dental surgery Wednesday, and he will not take the field for the final game for the new upstart league.
Manziel went to Scottsdale, Arizona to have the surgery, leaving the league’s bubble in Atlanta where players and personnel have stayed to avoid the possibility of catching the COVID-19 virus.
The former NFL first-round pick has been a good soldier thus far in the league, playing in two games as the starter for the 0-2 Zappers.
TMZ says that Manziel appears to be doing okay, and he’s already back in the gym working out. He is now hoping that he can get back into the league’s bubble with the hopes of playing in the March 6th playoff game.
A league rep told TMZ that the quarterback will be forced to meet “health-and-safety protocols and quarantine procedures” before he’s allowed back.
Manziel spoke to Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle about trying yet again to put the past in the rearview mirror and move on as both a person as a football player.
“How many times do I have to get up in the morning and kind of grunt to get out of bed or walk into a workout in the offseason and just not have it?
“Continuously just not have it, to want to have a desire to go out and do this anymore until I finally look back and call it what it is? That I don’t love it anymore,” Manziel said.
“Something along the way changed how I felt about the game, and I don’t love it anymore. That part of time where you’ve done something your whole life and you’re really known but you don’t have it anymore is a lost-in-nowhere type of feeling.”