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Broncos survive scare with Manning's thumb

Published On: Oct 29 2012 10:13:05 PM CDT
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -

The Denver Broncos are relieved Peyton Manning wasn't seriously injured on a hard hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson.
 
The Broncos are expected to have the NFL look at the play from Sunday night's game in which Manning banged his right thumb on Wilson's helmet just before the crown of that helmet hit the quarterback in the chin.
 
Although no flag was thrown, it was similar to the illegal hit that cost Broncos linebacker Joe Mays a $50,000 fine and a one-game suspension last month for blasting Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
 
Manning acknowledged he was "probably a little bit lucky" that he banged the thumbnail and not the knuckle of his throwing hand on Wilson's helmet.
 
Coach John Fox said Monday that Manning's thumb was fine.