Ezekiel Elliott won't be fined for jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle to celebrate a short touchdown run in a bounce-back win for the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL Insider Ian Rapoport was the first to report Monday morning that the NFL would not fine the former Ohio State player.
Source: #Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will not be fined for jumping into the kettle following his TD run. That’s good to hear.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2016
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday he was hoping for a fine.
"My dream is that the NFL would fine the daylights out of him, and I'm going to take them to the Supreme Court," Jones joked after the Cowboys (12-2) moved closer to home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.
"And we're going to get the Salvation Army a lot of notice there."
The four large kettles -- two beyond each end zone -- are staples at Dallas games from the Thanksgiving game to the end of the season with one of the team's most visible charities. And a donation is coming.
"Actually I'm going to match whatever they fine me with a donation to the Salvation Army," said Elliott, who rushed for a career-high 159 yards to push his NFL-leading total to 1,551.
Elliott tweeted Monday that he still plans to donate.
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) December 19, 2016
The Salvation Army responded: "Thank you! Your #kettlehop was amazing. Thank you for helping us serve millions of people in need every year. God Bless You!"
— Salvation Army USA (@SalvationArmyUS) December 19, 2016