The NFL continued its war against player celebrations in Week 6 by throwing a flag at Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis.
Davis, experiencing a resurgence while playing in place of Jordan Reed, scored a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles and took his celebration in a reserved manner.
He still received a slap on the hand:
— NFL (@NFL) October 16, 2016
Emulating a jump shot is apparently a big deal for the NFL. So big, in fact, the league didn’t mind that the flag had an impact on the game:
Vernon Davis' penalty was a killer. Hopkins had been putting it through the end zone.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) October 16, 2016
Philadelphia’s Wendell Smallwood returned the kick more than 80 yards for a score, meaning Davis’ touchdown didn’t end up meaning much.
Excessive celebration by Vernon Davis.
NFL has lost its cotton-pickin’ mind.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) October 16, 2016
Vernon Davis just got an excessive celebration for pretending to shoot a fadeaway after scoring. Are you kidding me? #NoFunLeague
— Tyler Brooke (@TylerDBrooke) October 16, 2016
Washington had a 24-14 lead regardless, but the point here is simple—the NFL will force its players to get in line or have those players cost their teams points, if not games.
For better or worse, just another day in the NFL.