NFL suspends Dashon Goldson for Sunday's game vs. Patriots

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

If he's suspended, it would cost Dashon Goldson almost $265,000. (USATSI)
A one-game suspension would cost Dashon Goldson almost $265,000. (USATSI)

Dashon Goldson was fined $30,000 for hitting a defenseless receiver in Week 1, and apparently, he didn't learn his lesson Sunday, smashing Saints running back Darren Sproles in a helmet-to-helmet hit.

The NFL apparently is tired of it, and on Monday evening, it announced that it has suspended the Buccaneers safety for one game with no pay.

According to the NFL statement, the punishment is for “a flagrant and repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks. Goldson may not practice this week nor play in the Buccaneers' game this Sunday against the New England Patriots. He may not participate in any football activities with the team during the suspension.”

Goldson is eligible to return to the team Monday, Sept. 23. Goldson can appeal within three business days, and he could get an expedited hearing and decision in advance of Sunday's game. ESPN reports that Goldson will appeal the ruling in an attempt to get it heard by Tuesday. That appeal would be heard either by former Ravens center Matt Birk or former NFL assistant coach Ted Cottrell.

Otherwise, it will cost Goldson a game paycheck of $264,705.

Since 2010, Goldson has been hit with 15 personal foul penalties, the most in the league. And on Sunday, he had another egregious hit, in the viewpoint of the NFL.

This is what Hanks wrote to Goldson in the letter informing him that he had been suspended.

"You had an unobstructed path to your opponent. 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."

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