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September 18, 2013 @ 9:19 am
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Goldson Wins Appeal, Will Play Sunday At New England

Written by Mark
Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron hit Darren Sproles
Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron hit Darren Sproles Cliff Welch/PR


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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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    Hey XCal, is there any chance Belichik is holding Gronk out to keep him from getting Gronk's forearm beat up as Goldson lowers that strike zone and tees off? You can count on this to be a very physical game by the Bucs, I hope like the great preseason game we played against the Patriots last year! If the Defense can just stop all the penalties, I am excited by the performance lately by the Defense, just as long as they scrap the prevent defense and first let the QB try to score instead of running the time out as they have failed to do the last two games. By improving our defensive backfield, it forces the QB to hold the ball longer, which is the key to our sacks and QB rushes improving and that is the key to hurting New England's passing game.
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    The letter from the commish also stated Goldson never made attempts to "Wrap" the player while laying the hit. Imagine Goldson wrapping and slamming. Has to hurt more.
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    Glad to read that the Commissioner is being reasonable with all these so called helmet hits. Goldson is a good hard hitting football player and there is nothing wrong with that. I bet he will be just a little more careful.
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    Doubt that he'll be more cautious. He's said as much. Read Rick Stroud's piece in the Tampa Bay Times today. He's really unconcerned. That's a shame because these penalties are killing the team.
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    Stroud and Shelton add a lot of conjecture to their columns. Just saying.
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    Cut penalties in half. Offense score 21 points and we can win. No turnovers too. Our defense can hold them to around 17-20 if the play same as last couple weeks.
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    Not surprised. To suspend him before Suh was ridiculous and not consistent message.
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    Also, Suh's infraction was blatantly deliberate. Goldson has been, mostly, flagged for hits on "Defenseless Recievers."
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    Exactly! The offense needs to have some responsibility in this whole strike zone issue. If an offensive player decides to lead with his head and hide behind his helmet how can a defender be penalized?? Can not wait for the wrinkles in this ridiculousness to be ironed out. It just doesn't work at the moment.
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    Looks like a shoulder to the helmet to me!! Another question, where are you supposed to hit Sproles? He is 5'7" and bent double! Not much striking room!
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    On a serious note, in a way Goldson's play will be compromised Sunday. Given what has happened, the NFL refs are surely going to be watching him carefully. If I know Belichick, he's going to tell his receivers if you catch a ball anywhere in the vicinity of Dashon Goldson, just lower your head!
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    @Mac - I agree that will be Belichik's plan. But even if the Pats receivers do that it still gives us the overall advanage. They'll be lowering their head and looking to go into the fetal position. That means no YAC. That's big in a game where the Pats don't have great WR's and TE's and will need to complete a bunch of passes to move down the field. The Bucs receivers on the other hand have nothing to fear and can attempt to pick up YAC (see V. Jackson in the 4th quarter against the Jets).
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    There's good news, bad news, and more good news. The good news is that he gets to play Sunday and we will need every man. The bad news is that he still has to pay last weeks 30k fine plus the 100k fine which is one-half of a game check. The other good news is that he gets to keep the other half of his Sunday game check. I'd say he is happy with this outcome!
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    I am shocked, and glad, he won the appeal. But, I am still pissed about that PF on Adrian Clayborn. We can't have the precious Drew Brees get an boo-boo.
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    What? Good news? Finally, a smile replaces the scowl of Garv's face. I am quite surprised and very happy to hear this! Hopefully he can avoid this happening again, the penalties.
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    Right pinkstob. Those facts coupled with the fact that the Bucs nearly always play up/down to the level of the competition makes this an interesting AND winnable game for the Bucs.
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    Good news. I find it odd how one can appeal to the same party who issued the suspension....and win! Regardless, nice to hear that we will have this defensive leader when we need him most.
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    Woooo Hoooo!! I hope this has been a wake up call for Goldson and he can at least go a few more games without another personal foul flag. In related news, Gronkowski has been questionable to play in this game. I'm sure his status just dropped to "Out". Goldson should be lowering his strike zone and there no way Belichik is going to let Goldson slam into Gronk's forearm 12 times on Sunday after Gronk pulls the ball into his chest area after a catch. Go Bucs!
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    pinkstob - Gronk was pretty much "Out" as of Monday. I live in New England here and it was all over the news. They won't officially say he's "Out" until Saturday prolly but he's not playing.
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