Highlights: Peyton Manning Earns Taunting Penalty Following Welker Concussion

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 | 0


The Denver Broncos were unable to stave off a late rally by the Houston Texans last night (Sat., August 23, 2014), allowing 8 points in the fourth quarter to lose a close game at home in Week 3 of the NFL preseason.

Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning was impressive in the loss, hitting 21 of his 27 throws for 243 yards and two touchdowns. But he lost star wide receiver Wes Welker to a concussion late in the first half when he took a big hit from Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. Welker has a well-documented history of concussions, eliciting more than a bit of a response from Manning.

The star quarterback threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Emanuel Sanders, who caught 5 passes for 128 and two touchdowns, on the very next play, and then he did something we’ve never seen before, rushing in to taunt Swearinger and earning the first-ever taunting penalty of his lengthy NFL career (courtesy of Vine):

Manning spoke up to the Associated Press after the game, noting that his main concern is obviously Welker’s health:

“Obviously, I’m concerned about Wes,” Manning said. “I didn’t like seeing him come out of the game with a blow to the head. He had one of those last year that kept him out for a while.”

Manning was also understandably not all that concerned about the 15-yard penalty, which came with only five seconds remaining in the first half:

“I think if you’re going to get one, that’s a good time to get one.”

It certainly is. For his part, Swearinger said he’s not going to ruffle any feathers. He knows Manning is a future Hall of Fame quarterback, and stated that he simply had no other course of action when he hit Welker:

‘I won’t put that in a headline. That is a Hall of Fame quarterback. I respect him,” Swearinger said. ”There are some fine lines with hits. I could have tried to go low, but he ducked his head. I went with his shoulder. What am I supposed to do?”

Check out Swearinger’s post-fight interview courtesy of Comcast Houston below:

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