For Peyton Manning penalty flags are rare

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It's rare for a guy who is on the doorstep of his 17th NFL season, who has done as much as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has done in what will be a Hall of Fame career, to add something new to the résumé.

But that's what Manning did Saturday night. After running 30-plus yards from where he threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders just before halftime to express his displeasure to Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger for a hit Swearinger put on wide receiver Wes Welker the play before, Manning was flagged for taunting.

The hit knocked Welker out of the game with the wide receiver's third concussion since Nov. 17. Welker will continue to be evaluated in the days to come.

As far as the penalty was concerned it was the first time in Manning's career he had been flagged for taunting. A look at his preseason and regular-season career penalty totals reveals Manning had not been flagged for any sort of unsportsmanlike conduct before the taunting penalty.

“Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the half doesn't hurt you that much," Manning said following the game. "I think if you're going to get one that's a good time to get one."

His career preseason flags had consisted of a couple of delay of game penalties and a couple of false starts over the years.

In the regular season the breakdown goes like this: 25 delay of game penalties, 13 false starts, eight intentional grounding penalties, one facemask penalty, one illegal motion penalty and one penalty for holding.