Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson won his appeal case on his one-game suspension and will be able to participate against the New England Patriots this weekend.
The NFL suspended Goldson for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles. Goldson is still expected to be fined for his hit, but he still will be able to play.
Goldson was just fined $30,000 the previous week for hitting New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland. The message obviously wasn’t clear the first time and he came back the next week and laid out Sproles. What happens if he hits a New England Patriots player in the head this week? Does that warrant a suspension?
He has to learn somehow and if he doesn’t then he should be sitting on the sideline.
Here is the message that was sent out by NFL VP of football operations Merton Hanks to Goldson:
“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.”
Guess that is not suspension worthy.