Peyton Manning took a low hit last week against the San Diego Chargers. Defensive lineman Corey Liguet hit Manning low who went down awkwardly. Manning complained to the refs to no avail and the league not only didn’t fine Liguet, but they said it was a clean hit as well. The rule says you can’t hit a quarterback in the knee area or lower and Manning felt like he had been hit in the knee.
“The helmet, the shoulder, it’s mid-thigh,” NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said of Liuget’s hit. “It’s not at the knee or below. You cannot hit a quarterback, a passer, in the knee area or below with forcible contact. . . . The contact is at mid-thigh. Legal tackle.”
The injury created some doubt whether Manning would be good to go for Sunday’s game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Officially, Manning is listed as probable. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio said that was only because ‘definite’ wasn’t an injury.
“They don’t have a definite category on there, or I would check it off. . . . He’s ready to go, and as a team we’re ready to go,” Del Rio said, via ESPN.com.