After drawing a penalty two weeks in a row, Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was suspended for one game by the NFL on Monday. On Tuesday it was revealed that Goldson was appealing the suspension that would have kept him off the field this Sunday at New England. Wednesday morning news broke that the suspension was overturned.
Bucs safety Dashon Goldson, who drew a 15-yard penalty two weeks in a row for helmet-to-helmet contact, was suspended by the NFL on Monday, but it was announced on Wednesday that the suspension was reversed and Tampa Bay’ starting safety is clear to play this week against the Patriots.
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.
In the first half of last Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints Goldson was again flagged on a hit against Saints running back Darren Sproles. On Monday the NFL handed down a one-game suspension to begin immediately, but Goldson appealed the ruling and it was overturned. Goldson was however fined $100,000 for the hit.
Goldson is no stranger to getting fined by the league. Prior to the latest fine, the former 49er has totaled $107,000 in fines from the league office.
After Sunday’s game, one in which saw the Buccaneers flagged three times for helmet-to-helmet hits (Ahmad Black, Adrian Clayborn and Goldson), head coach Greg Schiano said Tampa Bay will continue to try and correct the errors.
“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.”
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