Ezekiel Elliott’s Kettle Celebration Still Penalty Under New NFL Rules

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) smiles on the sideling during the first half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

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Despite the implementing more relaxed policies on celebrations, running back ‘s leap into a Salvation Army kettle would still draw a flag this season.

of ESPN.com reported the NFL would view Elliott as using the kettle as a prop, much in the same way goal-post dunking is still outlawed. In May, the league voted to allow players to use the ball as a prop in post-touchdown celebrations.

Players can also now celebrate in a group and go to the ground after scoring, which were previously banned as well. 

“I think it’s great. I think it’s definitely needed in pro football,” Elliott said of the relaxed celebration rules last month, per  of the Dallas Morning News. “I think there’s going to be some pretty funny celebrations this year.”

Elliott drew a 15-yard penalty for leaping into the kettle in a Week 14 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Seifert’s report says the celebration is featured in a video shown to all players during training camp, which depicts acceptable and unacceptable acts.



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