Peyton Manning Fined $8,258 for Taunting

Peyton Manning jaws with D.J. Swearinger after throwing a preseason touchdown pass, resulting in the first taunting penalty of Manning's career. AP Photo/Joe Mahoney
Peyton Manning jaws with D.J. Swearinger after throwing a preseason touchdown pass, resulting in the first taunting penalty of Manning’s career.
AP Photo/Joe Mahoney

The NFL has fined Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning $8,258 for taunting, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Thursday.

Manning was fined for his actions in last Saturday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans, getting in the face of Houston safety D.J. Swearinger following a 29-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders in the second quarter. Earlier, Swearinger’s blow to the helmet of Broncos receiver Wes Welker resulted in a concussion for Welker.

“I accept the fine. It’s money well spent,” Manning told Mortensen.

It was the first time in Manning’s career that he had been flagged for taunting. A look at his preseason and regular-season career penalty totals reveals Manning had not been flagged for any sort of unsportsmanlike conduct before the taunting penalty.

“Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the half doesn’t hurt you that much,” Manning said following the game. “I think if you’re going to get one that’s a good time to get one.”

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SOURCE: ESPN

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