Dashon Goldson suspended for one game, plans appeal


Dashon Goldson heard from the NFL on Monday. (Brian Blanco / AP)

Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson isn’t going to quietly go away and serve his one-game suspension. He will appeal and ask for an expedited hearing.

Goldson was suspended Monday by the league for “a flagrant and repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.” The play involved, a hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles on Sunday, was Goldson’s fifth unnecessary-roughness violation in two years.

“You had an unobstructed path to your opponent,” Merton Hanks, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, wrote Goldson (via TBO.com). “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 will be docked one game check, $264,706, if the suspension is upheld. If it’s overturned, he’ll get ready to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.

“The NFL has its own rules, but we’re just trying to play football. We’re not worried about those penalties, we’re really not,” he said Sunday (via the Tampa Times). “That’s just football. We learn how to tackle when we’re young and [we’ve] been doing this for a long time.”

The league chose to suspend Goldson, but reportedly will not hand down the same punishment for Brandon Meriweather, who delivered two separate helmet-to-helmet hits that knocked  Eddie Lacy and himself out of Washington’s game against Green Bay.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · September 17, 2013