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."
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.