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Brian Urlacher on Johnny Manziel: 'He acted like a punk'

Another former NFL player has weighed in on Johnny Manziel; this time, it's former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher.

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Urlacher now is an analyst on "Fox Football Daily" on Fox Sports 1, and he was candid with his thoughts on the reigning Heisman winner.

"I'm not saying he's a punk, but he acted like a punk in that game," Urlacher said on the show Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. " ... He's making plays out there and running around and running his mouth."

Urlacher also said Manziel is "such a good football player. You saw in the second half, what he did -- three touchdown passes and ran it pretty well. It's just too bad he had to act like that. I'm pulling for the guy. I want him to do well."

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Manziel was suspended for the first half of the opening victory over Rice, then was benched in the fourth quarter after he was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin met Manziel when he was coming off the field after the penalty and had a few words for his quarterback. Manziel did not make eye contact and continued toward the bench. Numerous media folks went ballistic, saying Manziel disrespected his coach.

Sumlin, in turn, took a shot at those media folks Tuesday, saying, "He came off the field and I made two statements to him, neither one of which should he have responded to. They weren't questions. They were direct statements that I can't repeat right now. What amazes me is the perception that he ignored me. The worst thing that could have happened is for him to reply, based on what I told him."

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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