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Josh Norman just found a loophole for his illegal bow and arrow celebration

Josh Norman just found a loophole for his illegal bow and arrow celebration

That Josh Norman is one sneaky fellow, isn't he?

Earlier this month, the NFL officially banned players from celebrating big plays with a bow and arrow gesture during a game. That just so happens to be Norman's go-to move, and something he used a few times last season when he was particularly excited.

But with the league's recent announcement, it was assumed that he'd never do it again, since it's an automatic flag and would probably lead to a fine, too. You know what people love to say about assuming, though...

So, the very first time Norman stepped on his home turf in 2017 for a game, he bow and arrow'd when the NFL said he couldn't bow and arrow. That's bold, Josh.

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Josh Norman wrongly left off this list of Defensive Player of the Year candidates

Josh Norman wrongly left off this list of Defensive Player of the Year candidates

Gambling website Bovada released its odds for the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award on Monday, but don't spend too much time looking for Josh Norman's name, becuase he's not on it.

There are 27 players on Bovada's list, and at the top are the stars you'd expect, like JJ Watt and Khalil Mack:

As you move further down on the release, however, that's where some issues sprout up. Myles Garrett, for example, was the No. 1 overall pick and could become a great Brown (is that an oxymoron?), but it feels bold to have him up as high as Bovada does.

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Keanu Neal is another guy who is well on his way to a very productive career with the Falcons, but does the second-year safety really come to mind before Norman when thinking of potential DPOY winners? 

It'd be silly to try and pinpoint an exact spot for the Redskins corner, but the fact that he was totally left off the list is wrong. He was fourth in voting after his standout 2015 season with the Panthers, after all, and he isn't 30 yet.

Perhaps he's being docked for his lack of interceptions or high penalty numbers, but No. 24 was still involved in plenty of plays in 2016 and will surely pick off more passes in 2017 if he's around the ball as much as he was in his first go-round in Washington. Plus, his supporting cast figures to be better, especially in the secondary, where he'll have two new safeties behind him.

At times since joining the Redskins, it seems like Norman has been unfairly slighted, and Bovada's odds are another instance of that. But if he comes down with a few more opponent passes while working with a stronger defense this year, you should see his name much higher up on this same list at the end of the season, even if it wasn't on it at the beginning.

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Josh Norman is going to need to find a new celebration for 2017 season

Josh Norman is going to need to find a new celebration for 2017 season

RICHMOND—Josh Norman's bow and arrow celebration with the Redskins was born on Sept. 18, 2016, during Washington's Week 2 game vs. Dallas.

Unfortunately, on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, Norman's move may have been officially put to rest — unless he wants to guarantee himself a flag and possible fine by doing it in the future.

Each year, NFL officials visit training camps around the league to update teams on new rules, and when making the rounds at Redskins camp, referee Carl Johnson stated matter of factly that, "Any simulation of a weapon is against the rules."

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Norman puncuated a few big plays last year with the celebration, but now, there's no more uncertainty about it. It can't be performed anywhere on a field, including the sidelines.

If you think that it's silly how concerned the NFL is with what its players do when they're happy and trying to have — get ready for an F-word here — fun, you're not alone. Later on in Johnson's explanation of the regulations, for example, he had to describe the proper way to dunk the football on a goalpost (as long as there's no hanging on it, it's fine, apparently).

Norman has made it clear he wants to have more interceptions in 2017, after snagging just three last season. Now, on top of finding a way to make that happen, he'll need to find a new dance, too. 

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