Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning picked up a 15-yard taunting penalty at the end of the first half on Saturday night for getting in the face of Texans safety D.J. Swearinger after throwing a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders.
It was a sight that came as a surprise to many observers as Manning hasn’t made a habit of such post-touchdown excursions over the course of his career. Manning’s reputation is a much more considerate one, but his foray into trash talk actually fit into that mindset. Manning was upset with Swearinger for his hit on Wes Welker that left Welker with a concussion and said that he decided to express his displeasure at a moment when it wouldn’t hurt the team that much.
“I guess so. I’m obviously concerned about Wes and never like seeing him come out of the game with a potential blow to the head,” Manning said, via the Denver Post. “He had one of those last year that kept him out a while. Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the half—it can’t hurt you that much, right?”
Manning didn’t share what he said to Swearinger and Swearinger would only say that there were some “choice words” from the Broncos quarterback. Manning was asked if Swearinger appreciated them.
“Yeah, he said, ‘Thanks. I appreciate it. Good luck to you, as well,'” Manning said.
A funny answer, but there’s not much other laughter in Denver about another concussion for Welker.