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Fines adding up for Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman

Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, right, intercepts a pass by Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston for a touchdown during first quarter action on Sundayat Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. In center is teammate and cornerback Bene Benwikere.
Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, right, intercepts a pass by Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston for a touchdown during first quarter action on Sundayat Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. In center is teammate and cornerback Bene Benwikere. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

These touchdown celebrations are starting to get a little pricey for Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

The NFL fined Norman $8,681 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he rode an imaginary horse across the back of the end zone following his 46-yard interception return for a score in Carolina's 37-23 win at Tampa Bay last weekend.

Norman said he talked with NFL/NFLPA fines appeal officer Derrick Brooks about his planned celebration before the game and was told it would be OK. But Norman was penalized because he used the ball as a prop during his pretend ride on "Delta," the name of the horse Norman keeps in the Huntersville area.

A league spokesman confirmed Friday that Norman's use of the ball as a prop drew the fine.

Norman was docked the same amount for waving at Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles during his Week 1 pick-six against the Jaguars.

Norman was one of two Panthers' players fined for their actions against the Buccaneers last weekend.

Newly acquired defensive end Ryan Delaire was fined $8,681 for a late hit on running back Doug Martin in Delaire's first NFL game. Delaire, who is making the first-year minimum $435,000, lost 34 percent of his weekly pay as a result of the fine.

Delaire, signed off Washington's practice squad last week, had two sacks and five tackles in his NFL debut.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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