NFL suspends Dashon Goldson for one game

Bucs' safety Goldson gets 1-game ban for illegal hit

9/16/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) reacts after they stopped New Orleans Saints on third down in the red zone during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsWhen the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Dashon Goldson in free agency this past offseason, they brought the league's premier cover safety to their rapidly improving secondary. What they also brought, however, is a player who can sometimes get in his own way. Goldson has a penchant for lighting up opposing receivers, and while he often delivers clean hits that cause fumbles and incompletions, he will also sometimes deliver a hit that costs his team a personal foul penalty.

Goldson's most recent devastating shot to an opponent has cost his team more than just 15 yards - it will cost them an All-Pro safety for their Week 3 matchup with the New England Patriots. The NFL has given Goldson a one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Darren Sproles in Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Goldson's suspension comes as a result of "a flagrant and repeat violation of rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area." The punishment comes just one week after Goldson was fined $30,000 for his hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (click here for video). Of course, Goldson has been among the league's most troublesome on-field players in recent years, as he has racked up a league-high 15 personal fouls since 2010.

Though he is appealing the suspension, Goldson is a virtual certainty to miss next week's game against the Patriots. Ahmad Black, a 2011 fifth-round pick with three career starts, will likely start in place of Goldson, who will return to face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4.
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