Ezekiel Elliott won't be fined for jumping into Salvation Army red kettle

Posted at 12:52 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 12:52:10-05

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. 

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.

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!"