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Mike Tomlin bans Steelers’ end-zone flips

Emanuel Sanders won’t be doing this again. (Seth Wenig / AP)

First, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin nixed all games, other than the reality-based one his team plays, from the locker room.

Now, after Sunday’s victory over the New York Jets, he’s putting the kibosh on flips into the endzone. He’s got a really good reason for this rule: wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders did a forward flip as he crossed the goal line on a touchdown run and it was kind of scary. Tomlin minced no words — when does he ever? — in explaining his reasoning.

“The potential for injury,” Tomlin said (via the Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac). “It’s silly.”

It’s the second time a player has chosen gone with the somersault theme this season. Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell celebrated his first NFL touchdown in the team’s London game that way.

Last week, with his team still looking for its first win, Tomlin extended his ban of games for players with less than four years of experience to all players.

“It makes everything focus on football right now,” left guard Ramon Foster said, “which is A-okay with me.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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