Bucs safety Goldson suspended one game

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Updated: September 17, 2013

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was
suspended one game without pay after his helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints
running back Darren Sproles in the second quarter of Sunday’s game.

Goldson was hit with the ban Monday for “flagrant and repeat violation of NFL
safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless
players,” the NFL said.

The violation was Goldson’s fifth for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and
second through two weeks of the season. Last week, Goldson was fined $30,000
for hitting New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland.

NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks informed Goldson of the
suspension in a letter:

“You had an unobstructed path to your opponent,” Hanks wrote. “It is clear
that you lowered your head and unnecessarily rammed the left side of your
helmet into the left side of your opponent’s head. You delivered a forceful
blow with your helmet and made no attempt whatsoever to wrap up your opponent
or make a conventional tackle on the play. This illegal contact clearly could
have been avoided.”

Goldson will appeal the suspension, according to reports.

He has 16 tackles in two games this season, his first with the Bucs. The
Washington product played his first six seasons with the 49ers.

The 28-year-old Goldson can’t practice this week or play in the Buccaneers’
game on Sunday at New England. He can return to football activities with the
team next Monday.