Ezekiel Elliott’s jump into a Salvation Army kettle would still draw a penalty this season, even after the NFL’s decision in May to relax its celebration rules, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.
Elliott’s spontaneous leap, which came during the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is featured in a video that the league is showing all players and coaches during training camp. The relaxed ruled allow players to use the ball but nothing else as a prop. In the Elliott scenario, the kettle is considered a prop.
ESPN earlier reported that “dunking” the ball over the crossbar after a score will remain illegal because it uses the goal post as a prop.
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