Buccaneers S Dashon Goldson suspended one game for illegal hit

Dashon Goldson has been suspended one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit he made in Week 11. (USATSI)
Dashon Goldson has become a frequent target of NFL discipline for illegal hits. (USATSI)

Back in September, the NFL imposed a one-game suspension on Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles. The suspension didn't stick though, Goldson appealed it and won. Now the league's trying again. 

The NFL announced Monday that Goldson has been suspended for one-game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons receiver Roddy White during the second quarter of Tampa Bay's 41-28 win over Atlanta on Sunday. 

The league made the decision to suspend Goldson because it's his third violation of the season following the Sproles hit and a transgression in Week 1 agains the Jets. Against New York, Goldson was fined $30,000 for hitting a defenseless player in the head and neck area. 

As for the hit on Sproles. although the suspension was overturned, Goldson did get fined $100,000 for the helmet-to-helmet hit. As he did in September, Goldson is free to appeal his current suspension. 

If Goldson's appeal fails, he'll have to sit out the Buccaneers' Week 12 game against the Lions. The 25-year-old safety would be reinstated the day after the game on Nov. 25. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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