ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — 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’s Chris Mortensen: “I accept it. Money well spent.”
Swearinger’s hit on Welker drew a 15-yard personal foul — but so far no word of a fine.
Manning was irked by the hit on Welker and after throwing a 29-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders on the next snap, he ran up to Swearinger and let him know it.
LEAGUE INCREASES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BANS: In New York, acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second.
In a letter sent to all 32 team owners Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell never mentions Rice by name but makes clear references to the Baltimore player who was charged with assault after being caught on video dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator.
“My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values,” Goodell wrote. “I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.”
Since January 2000, 77 players have been involved in 85 domestic violence incidents with six being cut by their teams, according to USA Today’s NFL Arrests Database. The NFL suspended six players for one game each, and Rice was the second player to be suspended for two games.
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted in July of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and has appealed for a jury trial set for November. His league punishment has not been announced. Goodell’s letter doesn’t state clearly how the league will handle pending cases and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email, “Each case will be addressed individually on its merits.”
SOURCE: GORDON WANTS TO PLAY IN CFL BUT CAN’T: In Cleveland, a person familiar with Josh Gordon’s situation says the suspended wide receiver wants to play in the Canadian Football League, but is prohibited from doing so.
Under CFL rules, a player suspended by the NFL and under contract is not eligible to play in Canada. But of the Cleveland Browns released Gordon, he would be able to play elsewhere.
Gordon’s suspension for another violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy was upheld. The person familiar with the 23-year-old Pro Bowler’s situation said he wanted to play for Calgary, and Gordon asked the Browns for permission.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.
Gordon is not permitted to be with the Browns during his season-long suspension. His eligibility for reinstatement will be determined after the 2014 season.