San Francisco’s Carlos Rogers won’t be doing any salsa dancing on the field Sunday when the 49ers play host to the New York Giants.
Out of respect for Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, the former Butler High star and current 49ers cornerback told the New York Daily News he will stop mimicking the dance.
Cruz started doing his now-famous salsa touchdown celebration as a tribute to his grandmother, Lucy Molina, who recently died at 77.
Molina had taught Cruz how to salsa when he was young.
“I’m not gonna do it,” Rogers told the newspaper.
He mimicked the dance after intercepting an Eli Manning pass intended for Cruz in San Francisco’s 27-20 regular-season victory over New York last season.
“That’s a tribute to his grandmother. Once (I heard) that, I threw that out the door. It’s definitely out.”
Asked if he was glad that Rogers wouldn’t be mimicking his salsa dance on Sunday, Cruz responded, “Yeah, that’s fine.”
Earlier this week, Cruz said he would have felt insulted if Rogers did the dance again Sunday.
REDSKINS: Robert Griffin III took part in the team’s full practice Friday for the first time this week and appears set to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Griffin was full-go after being limited Wednesday and Thursday while recovering from a concussion suffered in last week’s 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
The rookie quarterback has been subject to NFL-mandated post-concussion medical tests that he must pass before he can play.
JETS: Placed star cornerback Darrelle Revis on season-ending injured reserve, a few weeks after coach Rex Ryan said the team would wait until after knee surgery in case there was a “0.0002 chance” Revis could recover.
BOUNTY SCANDAL: All four players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal have filed an appeal asking that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remove himself from the case because he can’t be impartial, sources told ESPN.com.
Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove requested the recusal on the basis of bias and partiality.