NFL notebook: Manning fined for taunting Texans safety
Peyton Manning was docked a reported $8,268 for taunting Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game last week.
The Broncos quarterback laid into the safety for hitting Wes Welker in the head, which left the slot receiver with his third concussion in 10 months.
“I accept it,” Manning told ESPN. “Money well spent.”
Swearinger's hit on Welker drew a 15-yard personal foul — but so far no word of a fine.
Manning was irked by the hit on Welker, and after throwing a 29-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders on the next snap, he ran up to Swearinger and let him know it.
Swearinger said Manning swore at him but wouldn't go into details: “He didn't invite me to dinner,” Swearinger said.
He insisted, however, that his hit on Welker wasn't dirty, explaining the receiver slid at the last moment.
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