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Taunting Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger cost Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning an $8,628 fine.

The hit that led to the taunting only cost Swearinger a penalty.

NFL spokesman Jon Zimmer said Friday that Swearinger wasn't fined for the hit on Wes Welker, who appeared to duck into the hit Swearinger delivered with his right shoulder after making a catch over the middle in Saturday's exhibition game between the teams.

Swearinger, 22, was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. But the NFL apparently determined no further discipline was necessary.

Entering his second NFL season, Swearinger has come under fire for a questionable hit before. He caused then-Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller's season-ending knee injury in the 2013 preseason and was suspended once by the SEC for an illegal hit while at South Carolina.

Welker was cleared to travel with the Broncos for Thursday's exhibition finale at Dallas, but did not play. Broncos coach John Fox has said Welker – who has had three known concussions since last season – isn't considering retirement.

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