Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended one game by the NFL for repeated violations of hits to the head and neck area of a defenseless player
In a letter to Goldson, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks writes, “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.”
Goldson did not comment publicly on the suspension, but Monday night he took to Instagram to voice is displeasure.
Sunday, Goldson had a 15-yard penalty for a hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles. Against the Jets, he also had a personal foul for unnecessary roughness after a violent hit on receiver Jeremy Kerley, who suffered a concussion. Goldson was fined $30,000 for the blow.
During the suspension, which immediately takes affect, Goldson is prohibited from practicing with the team this week and will not be be allowed to play against the New England Patriots this Sunday. He will be reinstated on Monday, Sept. 23.
Goldson can appeal the suspension. He’ll have three business days to notify the league of his intentions to do so.