Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NFL: Manning fined for taunting Texans safety

Peyton Manning has been docked a reported $8,268 for taunting Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game last week.

The Denver Broncos quarterback laid into the safety for hitting Wes Welker in the head, which left the slot receiver with his third concussion in 10 months.

The penalty was reported by ESPN. Manning told ESPN: "I accept it. Money well spent."

Swearinger's hit on Welker drew a 15-yard personal foul, but not a fine.

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Manning was irked by the hit on Welker, and after throwing a TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders on the next snap, he ran up to Swearinger and let him know it. That resulted in the first personal foul of Manning's NFL career.

Cowboy? No, a Viking

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reiterated on Thursday that he hopes to remain in Minnesota until he retires, responding to a report that he spoke to Jerry Jones about one day playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Peterson and the Vikings both issued statements shortly after ESPN reported that Peterson had a phone conversation with the Cowboys owner this summer about playing for the team in Peterson's home state after his time with the Vikings came to a close.

"This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings," Peterson said. "I have always said . . . that I would love to retire as a Viking."

Under NFL rules, Jones was required to notify the Vikings when he had that conversation with Peterson. But there was no indication that Jones did.

No Canada

Josh Gordon can't run a deep pass route into Canada and play.

Cleveland's star wide receiver, whose suspension for violation of the NFL's substance-abuse program was upheld Wednesday, asked the Browns for permission to play for the Calgary Stampeders, a person familiar with the Pro Bowler's situation said. But a CFL rule in effect since 2006 bars suspended NFL players under contract from playing.

CFL spokesman Jamie Dykstra said the only way Gordon could play in the league is if he was released by the Browns and became a free agent.

Bortles shines for Jags

With quarterback Chad Henne and many other Jacksonville Jaguars starters sitting out, first-round draft pick Blake Bortles extended his impressive preseason in a 24-14 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Bortles completed 4 of 6 passes for 86 yards, including a 57-yard TD strike to rookie Marqise Lee on the first play of the second quarter.

The Jags, who will open the season against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, started rookie center Luke Bowanko, a sixth-round pick from Virginia, in place of Mike Brewster, and he looked sharp.

Associated Press
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