Safety Dashon Goldson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been suspended without pay for one game each for violations of NFL safety rules. Goldson appealed the suspension but it was upheld according to league sources and Tampa Bay’s starting safety will not be able to participate Sunday’s road game at Detroit. The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks. Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons after making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Atlanta’s Roddy White. The violation of this rule was Goldson’s third of the 2013 season. Goldson was fined $30,000 for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area in a Week 1 game against the New York Jets. He was initially suspended for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver in a Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints. The discipline for the Week 2 violation was subsequently reduced on appeal to a $100,000 fine by hearing officer Matt Birk. Goldson may not practice this week nor play in the Buccaneers’ game this Sunday against the Detroit Lions. He may not participate in any football activities with the team during the suspension. Goldson will be reinstated on Monday, November 25.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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