Owners vote to penalize celebrations

The NFL owners have voted to assess a 15 yard penalty for preplanned excessive celebrations by two or more players. Use of objects brought on the field such as Joe Horn's cell phone (in photo) or Terrell Owen's Sharpie will also be flagged. Read about the new rules in today's news reports.

Group celebrations flagged by owners - Daily Camera - Greg A. Bedard, Cox News Service
April 1, 2004 - PALM BEACH, Fla. — When Dolphins General Manager Rick Spielman was asked this week at the NFL owners meetings about the rise in excessive touchdown celebrations, his face flashed a look of disgust. "I think it's classless," he said. "It's a profession and it's an image and I think guys ought to act like they've been there before."

32 NFL owners break in unison - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
April 1, 2004 - PALM BEACH, Fla. - A powerful and influential group of 32 NFL owners was reduced to a bunch of "yes" men Wednesday. All 10 rules proposals recommended by the competition committee were adopted as the annual spring meetings concluded. Foremost among the changes was one adding a 15-yard penalty to possible fines for orchestrated on-field celebrations. The Oakland Raiders cast the only dissenting vote.

Gibbs already high on Portis - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
April 1, 2004 - PALM BEACH, Fla. - It hasn't taken Clinton Portis very long to endear himself to new coach Joe Gibbs in Washington. "He's got a little funny bone," Gibbs said Wednesday during a coaches' breakfast at the NFL owners meetings. "You kind of like being around him."

Injury Update: With Thumb Healed, Mitchell Heads for Amsterdam - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - Clint Mitchell was a long way from Denver throughout most of March, but he was actually right at home. Before his trans-Atlantic crossing to Amsterdam to play for the Admirals of NFL Europe, Mitchell spent a few weeks in the team's training camp, which took place in venues around the Tampa Bay area of Florida, his home base.

K.C. inks Dalton - Jefferson City News Tribune
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2004 - KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Defensive tackle Lional Dalton agreed to a two-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of his contract were not disclosed. Dalton, 6-foot-1, 315 pounds, had 17 tackles and one sack in 12 games for the Washington Redskins last year. He spent the 2002 season with the Denver Broncos after entering the NFL in 1998 with the Baltimore Ravens.

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