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NFL Plans To Crack Down On Excessive Celebrations This Season

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Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on Nov. 4, 2012 in Landover, Md. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on Nov. 4, 2012 in Landover, Md. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Beware the military salute!

The National Football League will reportedly be cracking down on excessive celebrations and taunting this upcoming season.

Pro Football Talk reports that that referees working training camps have been warning players about celebrating too much.

The taunting rule is nothing new in the NFL, but what some critics have dubbed the “No Fun League,” officials will now go a step further to enforce the rule.

The NFL rulebook states that a team will be penalized a loss of 15 yards if a player commits these acts: “sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; spinning the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation); or dancing.”

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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith – who has always celebrated a touchdown by spinning the football – told Pro Football Talk that he will continue to spin the ball while staying within the rules.

An NFL spokesperson told Deadspin that the crackdown on “spinning the ball” will only apply to teams moving down the field, not a touchdown.

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