D.J. Swearinger not fined for hit that caused Wes Welker's concussion

Wes Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months after a hit from D.J. Swearinger. (USATSI)
Wes Welker suffered his third concussion in 10 months after a hit from D.J. Swearinger. (USATSI)

Texans safety D.J. Swearinger was flagged for the hit that caused Wes Welker's concussion, but the hit won't cost him any money. The NFL confirmed on Friday that Swearinger won't be fined for the hit that led to Welker's third concussion in 10 months

After the Aug. 23 game, Swearinger said he wasn't trying to hurt Welker, "I led with my shoulder; that's the only thing I can do," Swearinger said. "He's a short guy. I led with my shoulder. The results are the results and that's all I can do on that play."

You can see the hit below and judge for yourself if Swearinger [36] did enough to get out of the way. Swearinger was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.

One person who wasn't happy with Swearinger's hit was Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. On the play after Welker left the game, Manning threw a touchdown pass and immediately headed in Swearinger's direction. Manning was flagged for taunting after giving the Texans safety some choice words.

The taunting penalty eventually led to a $8,268 fine for Manning, which Manning called, "Money well spent."

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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