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NFL: No dunks for Jimmy Graham (or anyone else)

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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham dunk the ball over a goalpost after scoring a touchdown. Saints tight end Jimmy Graham dunk the ball over a goalpost after scoring a touchdown.
(Source: Twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham) (Source: Twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham)
ORLANDO, FL (WVUE) -

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will need to work on his jump shot.

The NFL announced Tuesday that it will be a penalty if a player dunks the ball over the goalpost.  Graham is known by many Saints fans, and NFL defensive players, for spiking the ball over the goalpost when he scores a touchdown.

In last season's game against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome, Graham dunked the ball so hard the game had to be delayed while crews straightened the goalposts.

The NFL competition committee chairman, Rich McKay, is also the Falcons' president and CEO.

The rule states that players cannot use the ball as a prop, so a jump shot or layup is probably out as well.  Jumping into the stands is still allowed, like players do in Green Bay.

When news of the possible rule change came to light over the weekend, Saints punter Thomas Morstead dubbed it 'The Jimmy Graham Rule' on Twitter.

Graham responded on Twitter after learning about the new rule. "I guess I'll have to lead the @nfl in penalties next year! #funpolice," he posted.  He added a doctored photo that showed him dunking over a referee in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The start tight end has since taken down the social media post.

Graham played basketball in college at the University of Miami.

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