Peyton Manning, despite one hard hit, was just fine. (Peter Aiken / AP)

It’s been a long time since there was any concern over Peyton Manning and the neck injury that sidelined him all of the 2011 season, but the Denver Broncos’ victory Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs brought one scary moment.

As he released a touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds left in the first half, Manning took a hard hit and the back of his head slammed against the turf. He rose holding his head and was quickly checked out by offensive lineman Chris Kuper. 

At halftime, he was given a concussion test by the medical staff and was cleared to continue playing.

“I’m fine. Everything checked out okay, ” Manning told the Denver Post’s Mike Klis as he headed toward the team bus. “I took a hit there, but I was cleared.”

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