Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended for one game for violating player safety rules, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported.
During yesterday’s game, Goldson was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter on Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.
Goldson will appeal the suspension. It is the second time this season that he has been suspended for this type of play.
In September, the All-Pro safety was suspended for an illegal hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles.
After speaking with appeals officer Matt Birk, his suspension was overturned because he argued that Sproles, who is 5-foot-6, tried to move away from the hit last minute, causing Goldson, who is 6-foot-2, off his target.
He was allowed to play against the New England Patriots but was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for the hit. Goldson had also received a $30,000 fine for a hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland.
The Bucs, now on a two-game win streak, take on the 6-4 Detroit Lions Sunday, a team that boasts the league’s third-best passing attack and fourth-ranked offense, averaging 310 passing yards and 414.3 total yards per game, so a suspension for Goldson couldn’t have come at a worse time.