Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will not stop his post-sack salute to the military even though the NFL is telling officials to crack down on rules against excessive celebration.

Watt shouldn’t have a problem. The NFL says celebrations like the military salute are a violation only if they are directed at an opponent.

Watt doesn’t direct his salutes at the opponent. He faces the fans when he salutes.

“I do my salute as a sign of respect and appreciation to the military” the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year said after this morning’s practice. As Watt was voicing his displeasure about the changes the NFL issued a clarification that celebrations like the salute were OK if not directed at an opponent.

“I think it’s kind of a bad deal if they’re going to take away something I’m trying to show respect to the people who protect this country and allow us to play this game” Watt said before learning of the clarification.

According to the NFL Watt has nothing to worry about.