When D.J. Swearinger’s exploits are finally added to the annals of NFL history, item #1 on the run down will likely be his dust-up with Peyton Manning Saturday night as the Texans and Broncos did preseason battle.
The normally unflappable Manning earned a surprise taunting penalty after getting in Swearinger’s face right after throwing a touchdown bomb to receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Manning explained that he was upset at Swearinger for an earlier hit on Wes Welker.
If the Manning spat ends up being the only thing D.J. Swearinger is ever remembered for, that might be just fine with D.J. Swearinger. The DB said via USA Today Sports:
The two players exchanged some unprintable curse words, but Manning was clearly the aggressor.
“I’m glad that I made a Hall of Famer mad, you know?” Swearinger told USA TODAY Sports.
“I get a lot of people mad at me. That’s how I’ve been my whole life,” Swearinger said.
Manning’s flag for taunting Swearinger was the first such penalty of Manning’s long career. Peyton said after the game that the preseason is the right time to get hit with a flag like that:
“I think if you’re going to get one, that’s a good time to get one,” Manning said.
Swearinger earned Manning’s hate by knocking Manning’s receiving target Wes Welker from the game with a shoulder-to-helmet hit. Welker has since been diagnosed with a concussion and his career could very well be in jeopardy.