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Josh Norman expected a warning, not a penalty for bow-and-arrow theatrics

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was flagged 15 yards for this celebration when he shot an imaginary arrow after a fourth-quarter interception against the Browns. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The last time Josh Norman fired an imaginary bow and arrow to celebrate an interception, it was against the Dallas Cowboys, and he drew a warning from an NFL official.

So Sunday at FedEx Field, after he’d intercepted Cleveland’s rookie quarterback Cody Kessler in the fourth quarter of a see-saw battle, Norman was careful to step to the sideline before reprising his bow-and-arrow pantomime.

But the flag flew. And Norman, who’d struggled to cover the Browns’ versatile Terrelle Pryor in the first half, was slapped with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, with the NFL official gravely explaining the offense as, “Shooting a bow and arrow.”

“I thought they were gonna warn me this time, too. Else, I wouldn’t have done it!” Norman explained in the locker room after the 31-20 victory that improved the Redskins to 2-2. “I step to the side, thinking I’d be okay. But they caught me.”

Norman vowed to be more innovative with his next attempt to entertain the fans.

“The bow and arrow is something to get the crowd and fans into it. We’re here in Washington, just want to have fun with the crowd, a little. I guess they called me out for it. Now they got me on the list. They have to go and find something else.

It was Norman’s first interception as a Redskins player, and the victory was the team’s first at home this season.

The penalty cost the Redskins 15 yards, but quarterback Kirk Cousins needed just four plays to convert the turnover into the touchdown that supplied the final margin, with 4 minutes 28 seconds remaining.

“They’re always trying to take something from us,” Norman said, adding with a smile that he was selected Sunday for another NFL random drug test — his second in three weeks.

“All the ballers get drug-tested, I guess that’s what happens. So I’m looking forward to another one next week!”

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