The moment at which Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning busted his thumb nail on the helmet of Saints defensive end Martez Wilson didn’t violate any rules. The next moment possibly did.
Wilson’s helmet went into Manning’s chest. Even though the flag remained in the referee’s pocket, the Broncos will take a close look at the play.
“It’ll be something we look at and get the TV copy,” Broncos coach John Fox said Monday, via the Associated Press. “We haven’t done all that yet. And I’m not really able to comment on what we turn into the league and what we don’t, but that’s one we’ll look at closely.”
We have. Though it wasn’t quite a helmet-to-the-chin, Wilson struck Manning with a helmet. It should have been flagged, and it should be fined.
Though it likely will cost Wilson something less than the price of two million pizzas, it won’t be cheap.