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