Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders hooked up for their second touchdown connection of the game for the Denver Broncos against the Houston Texans, but Manning didn't run to celebrate with Sanders immediately after. Instead, he made a beeline for Texans safety D.J. Swearinger.
That's because Manning didn't appreciate the lick Swearinger laid on Broncos receiver Wes Welker a few plays earlier. Welker, who has a lengthy concussion history, suffered a concussion from the hit. That's not good news for Welker or the Broncos.
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Swearinger was a bit chippy during Broncos-Texans joint practices this week, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, which probably added to Manning calling him out.
Peyton Manning threw 29-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Their second TD. Swearinger had been lipping off duringjoint practices.
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 24, 2014
To get Peyton Manning that upset (seriously, have we seen Manning do anything close to taunting an opponent before?), you have to touch a nerve, and this isn't Swearinger's first go-around with that. On "Hard Knocks," he was shown getting in a scuffle with Falcons receiver Harry Douglas and was happy to keep talking trash before, during and after the altercation.
So what did Manning say to Mr. Swearinger? The answer comes from Swearinger, via the Colorado Springs Gazette's David Ramsey:
Texans D.J. Swearinger said #Broncos Manning offered a brief message. "***** you."
— david ramsey (@davidlukeramsey) August 24, 2014
Swearinger also added:
When asked for his side of the story regarding what he said, Manning wasn't playing ball.
"I can't [say]," he said.
As for what Swearinger's response was, Manning said: "Yeah, he said, 'Thanks. Appreciate it. Good luck to you as well.'"
Manning was more than happy to take a taunting penalty and 15 yards for getting in Swearinger's face for what Manning viewed as a cheap shot against his receiver. Believe us, Manning will earn some points in the locker room for this gesture.
"I was concerned about [Welker]," Manning said. "Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the half, it can’t hurt you that much, right? I figure if you’re going to get one, it’s a good time to get one."
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