Peyton Manning received a rare fine from the NFL this week, and he was happy to pay it.
The Denver Broncos quarterback was fined $8,200 for taunting Thursday after getting in the face of Houston Texans safety D.J Swearinger in the Broncos’ most recent preseason game.
It’s rare to see Manning’s emotions get the best of him, but given the circumstances — Swearinger had just concussed Broncos receiver Wes Welker with a questionable hit over the middle — the quarterback was more than willing to make an exception.
“I accept it,” Manning said of the fine, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. “Money well spent.”
Welker’s status for Week 1 of the regular season is still up in the air after suffering his third concussion in the last 10 months. Some even have called for the 33-year-old wideout to retire from the NFL, though Broncos head coach John Fox said that prospect has not been discussed.
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