Ezekiel Elliott’s signature crop violates NFL rules

The NCAA put an end to the trademark crop top of Ohio State Buckeyes star running back Ezekiel Elliott prior to his final year in Columbus, so he has been enjoying life as a free man by showing off his midriff anytime he can.

Elliott showed up to the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago showing off his abs, before doing the same thing in full Dallas Cowboys uniform at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere on Saturday.

Unfortunately, it looks like his signature style will once again have to come to an end thanks to Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3, Item 2 of the NFL’s 2015 rulebook as noted by ESPN.

Jersey must cover all pads and other protective equipment worn on the torso and upper arms, and must be appropriately tailored to remain tucked into the uniform pants throughout the game,” the rule states. “Tear-away jerseys are prohibited. Mesh jerseys with large fishnet material (commonly referred to as ‘bullet-hole’ or ‘port-hole’ mesh) are also prohibited. Surnames of players in letters a minimum of 2½ inches high must be affixed to the exterior of jerseys across the upper back above the numerals; nicknames are prohibited. All jerseys must carry a small NFL Shield logo at the middle of the yoke of the neck on the front of the garment. All fabrics must be approved by the League office prior to production.”

Bummer.

Elliott will likely be able to wear the crop top during training camp, practices and pre-game warmups, but once kickoff is underway, it’s time to get that jersey tucked in, kid.

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