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NFL Penalizes Redskin for 'Shooting a Bow and Arrow'

By Michael Morris | October 3, 2016 | 12:03pm EDT
Redskins' corner Josh Norman celebrates his fourth quarter interception of rookie quarterback Cody Kessler by "shooting a bow and arrow." (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The NFL’s highest paid defensive back Josh Norman was penalized Sunday for celebrating a game changing interception in Redskins-appropriate fashion.

Josh Norman’s interception of Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Cody Kessler’s pass intended for Terrelle Pryor with 6:37 remaining in the game was considered one of the “biggest plays of week 4,” according to ESPN, and following that performance, Norman celebrated perhaps in a way any Redskins player should, by “shooting a bow and arrow.”

The highly touted corner was issued, in the referee’s own words an “unsportsmanlike conduct” penalty for “shooting a bow and arrow.”

Yes, you read that correctly.

The referee, referencing a new rule the NFL put in place for the 2016 season calling for a player to be ejected if he receives two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the same game, then warned that such an act could lead to Norman’s disqualification from the contest.

Below is a transcript of the referee’s remarks following the play:

“After the play is over, unsportsmanlike conduct, number 24, shooting a bow and arrow. That foul counts as one of those that leads to a disqualification. First and 10, Washington, after the 10-yard penalty.”

The Redskins would go on to win the game 31-20, in part, due to “Norman’s first interception with Washington,” which would lead to the Redskins’ go-ahead touchdown.

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