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Need to Know: Alfred can swing away

Aug 9, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 9, 10 days before the Redskins play the Steelers at FedEx Field.

NFL: Alfred’s HR swing OK if done correctly

Contrary to earlier reports, Alfred Morris will be able to swing away when he scores a touchdown as long as he does it the right way.

Yes, the NFL rules do prohibit the home run swing that became Morris’ trademark celebration as well as the spinning of the football that both Pierre Garçon and Santana Moss seem to enjoy. However, they are only prohibited when, in the judgement of the officials, they are directed at an opponent. If that happens, it’s taunting.

So as long as Morris doesn’t do his swing over the prone body of a defender he knocked down and as long as Garçon doesn’t spin the ball at the feet of the cornerback he just torched, those celebrations are permissible.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy cleared up the misinformation that has been going around all week with this tweet.

h/t to Pro Football Talk

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