Friday’s roundup: Scoreboard guy irks Manning
Englewood, Colo. — It’s all fun and games until Peyton Manning gets mad.
Twice in a span of five days, Manning’s attention to detail was on full display, from scripting his own celebration of his record-breaking touchdown throw against San Francisco last weekend to calling out an overly exuberant scoreboard operator during Denver’s 35-21 victory over San Diego on Thursday night.
Manning wasn’t happy he had to hush the fired-up crowd at Sports Authority Field himself while the offense was trying to run out the clock. He also didn’t appreciate the way Philip Rivers was shown on the jumbo screen to draw jeers.
On Friday, Broncos coach John Fox said the scoreboard operator made an honest mistake in trying to fire up the fans during the fourth quarter.
“Look, you’re never perfect. I’m never perfect,” Fox said. “Our product sometimes comes under attack, and rightfully so. But all in all, it’s about the fans. They have a great experience.
“We’ve moved on.”
Manning said he thought it was disrespectful to Rivers.
“I’m not sure what he’s doing, he’s playing music and showing players dancing and getting the crowd fired up when we have the ball. I don’t think we should be doing that,” Manning said.
The players’ union has questioned why the NFL’s domestic violence training and education program “treats all players as perpetrators.”
In a memo sent to NFL Players Association members by executive director DeMaurice Smith and obtained by the Associated Press, the union also said the plan “doesn’t build a positive consensus to warning signs.”
... The Broncos victory over the Chargers was the last of seven straight Thursday games to air on CBS, with simulcasts on NFL Network. The broadcasts now switch to NFL Network only.
The seven games averaged 16.5 million viewers.
... NFL officials fined Rams wide receiver Brian Quick $8,268 for unnecessary roughness in last weekend’s victory over the Seahawks.
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne will not play against the Steelers on Sunday because of an elbow injury.
... Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) will not play against the Bears.
... Vikings center John Sullivan is probable on the road against the Buccaneers after suffering a concussion last week.
... Bears linebacker Lance Briggs likely will miss his third straight game with a rib injury.
... Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley (Michigan) and safety Usama Young are expected to be placed on injured reserve. Woodley has a biceps injury and Young a knee injury.
... Bengals receiver A.J. Green is expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Ravens.