Dashon Goldson's 1-Game Suspension Rescinded by NFL, Reportedly Fined $100k
Dashon Goldson's stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has started off rocky, but at least he will still be able to suit up.
After being fined $30,000 for a hit on a defenseless player during a Week 1 loss to the New York Jets, the hard-hitting safety was originally hit with a one-game suspension, without pay, following another hit of the same nature to New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles in Week 2.
Following Goldson's appeal, the NFL has since rescinded the suspension, and the Buccaneers' safety will be allowed to play in Week 3 against the New England Patriots.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6:50 p.m. ET
Darren Sproles spoke out, per the Associated Press, via ESPN, on Goldson's hit, saying, "He tried to hurt me on the play, but he didn't."
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 10:05 a.m. ET
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
NFL overturned one-game suspension of Bucs S Dashon Goldson, who now will play allowed to play Sunday vs. New England.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2013
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed Schefter's report:
S Dashon Goldson has won his appeal and his 1-game suspension is overturned. He will practice with the team today.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 18, 2013
Fox Sports' Alex Marvez first reported Dashon Goldson's hefty fine:
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com continued:
Source: Appeals officer Matt Birk affirmed Goldson’s $30,000 fine from #Jets game. As for the Sproles hit, Goldson was fined $100,000.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2013
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11:13 p.m. ET
From CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora:
NFL prepared to announce a decision on Dashon Goldson's appeal procedure on Wed. The Tampa safety is facing a one-game ban— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 18, 2013
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The NFL's communications department has the news:
Safety Dashon Goldson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been suspended without pay for one game 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 will be reinstated on Monday, September 23.
Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver.
As Spotrac's Mike Ginnitti points out, that amounts to an extremely hefty fine for Goldson, who continues to rack up costly penalties:
Dashon Goldson forfeits $264,705 w/ his 1 game suspension for his helmet-helmet hit against Darren Sproles. http://t.co/7ZNic68aOQ— Spotrac.com (@spotrac) September 16, 2013
The Bucs travel to New England to face Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 3. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to note that Goldson would appeal the suspension:
Bucs S Dashon Goldson is appealing his one-game suspension and trying to get it expedited for Tuesday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2013
Goldson, who earned a reputation as a hard hitter in San Francisco, signed with the Bucs this winter for $41.25 million over five years, making him the third-highest-paid safety in the league, per Spotrac.com.
He undoubtedly has the talent to be one of the most dangerous playmakers in this league, but if he can't learn how to amend his play to appease the NFL's focus on player safety, he could find himself missing chunks of time in the future.
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