Posted September 16, 2013

Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson suspended by NFL for helmet-to-helmet hits

NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Uncategorized
Yes, the NFL has heard you, Mr. Goldson. (AP/Brian Blanco)

Yes, the NFL has heard you, Mr. Goldson. It’s going to come out of your wallet, too. (AP/Brian Blanco)

The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for one game due to what the league has determined is Goldson’s history of personal fouls, and specifically for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles on Sunday. It is Goldson’s first such suspension, but he has amassed more personal fouls (15) than any other NFL player since 2010. He was also fined $30,000 for a Week 1 hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland.

“You had an unobstructed path to your opponent,” NFL VP of Football Operations Merton Hanks wrote to Goldson. “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.”

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Goldson will appeal the suspension. He will not be able to practice this week, or play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The former San Francisco 49ers star signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract with $22 million guaranteed in March, 2013.

10 comments
DmN33
DmN33

How does Meriweather escape without a suspension? He made not one, but two such hits in the same game and also has a history of illegal hits.

John302
John302

This just in.  Football is a violent, fast game and sometimes things just happen.  That said, they seem to happen to Goldson a lot.  Still, this league is becoming more and more like the National Crochet League - Over 80 Division.

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

Merton Hanks knows a thing or two about playing safety in the NFL.  He was never a big hitter, but the guy had serious coverage skills... and one of the most entertaining celebration dances I've ever seen performed (seriously go look for some video of the crazy chicken head thing he used to do).  

I've said it before, I was completely wrong in regards to the Niners letting Goldson go.  With the draft of Reid, they don't miss him a bit.  Reid is every bit the enforcer that Goldson was, but Reid makes clear tackles - something that Goldson has always had a problem with.  Also, Reid is already a better cover guy, and has a much higher ceiling.

Whatever
Whatever

And yet Clay Matthews received a $15,000 fine for calling out his planned hit on Kaepernick, launching himself through the air out of bounds to hit Kaepernick, and then punching Joe Staley in the head. What a joke.

BY
BY

Here's an idea...how about letting us see the hit or giving us a link.....

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

@DmN33 Meriweather should be suspended without pay for the season. His coaches should be fined too: not for the first one, but for the second one.

John302
John302

@Whatever It's okay for members of the following teams to do whatever they like:  Jets, Giants, Patriots, Packers, Bears, Redskins, Cowboys, Broncos.  All big market or old guard teams.  God forbid you are a Buc, Steeler, Raider, Jaguar, Chief, Bengal, Panther, or Colt.  Then the book gets a few pages added to it before they throw it at you, along with the kitchen sink.

John302
John302

@BY And risk the wrath of the NFL?  Even as a Buc fan, I thought the hit was pretty serious and probably deserving of a SMALL fine, and there is some merit to what Hanks said.  But I think he went too far in strongly implying Goldson's intent was to do a head to head hit.  The game is fast, and BOTH players lowered their heads.  Half the time, if the RB or WR does not lower their head at the last instant, there would be no head to head contact.  But they'll never get called on helping create the situation.