The bad news continues pour in for the Buccaneers in any way possible.
For the second straight week, Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson has been flagged for a personal foul penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a receiver. After Sunday's game against the Saints, the league office may have seen enough from the All-Pro safety after his hit on Saints' running back Darren Sproles.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported Monday morning on Twitter that Goldson is looking at a possible suspension:
“NFL is considering suspending Bucs S Dashon Goldson for Sunday's helmet-to-helmet hit as well as his hit history. Since 2010, Bucs S Dashon Goldson has 15 personal fouls, more than any NFL player. The one Sunday might be tipping point.”
Last week, Goldson revealed he was fined for his hit on Jets' tight end Jeff Cumberland. The hit resulted in Cumberland getting stitches on his chin. The amount of the fine was $30,000.
Goldson is no stranger to getting fined by the league. In his career, he has totaled $107,000 in fines from the league office. After last week's game, Schiano hinted that the team's physical nature would not change and it showed Sunday.
“We’re going to try to aim for the strike zone, which is what we talk about all the time,” Schiano said after Week 1. “We have videos that we show and we’re just going to have to try to be better at it. But again, I want us flying around the way we flew around yesterday because that was as hard a hitting a Bucs defense as has been here in a long time. So we’re going to keep doing it, we just have to keep doing it within the framework.”
After Sunday's game against the Saints, Schiano addressed those same penalties with a different tone.
“We just need to keep working on the strikezone,” Schiano said. “Make sure we're hitting where it's legal. You don't get to practice that because you don't hit live during the week so you just have to emphasize it. We'll continue to emphasize it. But our guys are playing very hard. I've been through stretches like this and it kinds of balances out usually. So hopefully that'll occur.”
Attempts to get further information from the league office have been unsuccessful. PewterReport.com will continue to monitor this story and update the situation as it develops.
NFC Football Communications Director Randall Liu has informed PewterReport.com that no decisions have been made regarding any Week 2 plays.
Liu has confirmed Goldson has been suspended for one game without pay.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Goldson will be appealing.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Goldson has won his appeal. The safety will not be suspended and will be able to play Week 3 against the Patriots in New England.
It is being reported Goldson has been fined $100,000 for his hit on Darren Sproles Sunday.