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No NFL fine, but Ezekiel Elliott will donate to Salvation Army after kettle jump

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott jumped into the Salvation Army red kettle after scoring a second-quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott jumped into the Salvation Army red kettle after scoring a second-quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Tribune News Services

It’s a Christmas miracle!

The NFL, which has been known to hand down some truly ridiculous fines for what players wear or do on the field, has some good news for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

We all know the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that one special day, but I thought that kind of thing was only in a Christmas TV program.

In case you missed it, Elliott scored a touchdown in Dallas’ 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, ran to a huge Salvation Army kettle behind the end zone and jumped in.

That led to speculation that Elliott would be fined by the league, but he told reporters that he was going to donate to the Salvation Army.

Not to worry now, right?

Well, Elliott said he still plans to give to the Salvation Army even if the NFL won’t be handing out a fine.

Whoever runs the Salvation Army’s social media account was on the ball Sunday night. There were a couple of tweets that came after Elliott’s jump.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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