That resulted in the first personal foul of Manning’s NFL career along with kudos from his teammates.
Manning explained afterward that he acted out of concern for Welker’s well-being. Besides, he said, what’s 15 yards with 5 seconds left in the half?
”If you’re going to get one, that’s a good time to get one,” Manning said after the game.
Swearinger said Manning swore at him but wouldn’t go into details: ”He didn’t invite me to dinner,” Swearinger said.
He insisted, however, that his hit on Welker wasn’t dirty, explaining the receiver slid at the last moment.
”I led with my shoulder. That’s the only thing I could do. He’s a short guy,” Swearinger said.
Swearinger had been at the center of several skirmishes during three days of joint practices with the Broncos one week after angering the Atlanta Falcons with his combative style during a joint workout in Georgia.
Welker is going through the NFL’s concussion protocol. He flew with the Broncos to Dallas to watch the final preseason game Thursday night along with most of the other starters.