Tampa Bay’s safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended by the NFL for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
Goldson was fined $30,000 for hitting a defenseless receiver in Week 1, and didn’t learn his lesson. In week 2 against the Saints he hit Darren Sproles helmet – to – helmet.
After back – to – back infractions by Goldson, the NFL has handed down the suspension.
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 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.
Hanks wrote Goldson a letter informing him of his suspension:
“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.”