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Notes: Goldson won't face suspension from foul



TAMPA -- Bucs safety Dashon Goldson drew a costly penalty late in Sunday's loss to Arizona for a high hit on a Cardinals receiver, but he won't face any league suspension for the unnecessary roughness penalty.

Merton Hanks, the NFL's vice president for football operations, reviewed Goldson's hit on Arizona's Jaron Brown as he came down on the sidelines, but found the play did not warrant a suspension. Goldson was initially suspended from the Bucs' game at New England for a hit, but upon appeal it was reduced to a $100,000 fine.

Cards head coach Bruce Arians still wasn't happy about Goldson's hit on Monday. When asked by reporters about the hit, he said it was "totally illegal, like he always does." Asked about the Bucs' aggressive defense on quarterback Carson Palmer's two kneeldown plays at the end of the game, he said "That's their style. I've got no comment on it."

INJURY UPDATE: Bucs coach Greg Schiano said it's too early to know whether two injuries sustained in Sunday's game -- safety Mark Barron had to leave the game with a hamstring injury, and tight end Nate Byham had  a "calf/knee" injury -- would impact next week's game against the Eagles after the bye week.

Another tight end, Tom Crabtree, hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain in the preseason against Miami, but he hopes he can return against Philadelphia. He had a setback last weekend, trying to test his ankle to see where he was in practice.

"I think it's a realistic goal," he said of returning next week. "Hopefully be smart about it this week and get back out there."

ROUGH DAY: Second-year running back Doug Martin was held in check Sunday by an Arizona defense that ranks second in the NFL against the run, allowing 75 yards per game. Martin was dropped for losses nine times and finished with 45 yards on 27 carries -- his average of 1.7 yards per carry is the worst in his 20-game career, trumping a 1.6 average against the Saints last year. Those two games are the only times in his last 16 games he's been held under 50 yards.

"We're run the ball effectively at times, and then other times, not. Sunday, definitely not. That was a big issue," Schiano said. "They did some good things, hats off to them ... They did it with some different guys, and that's disappointing, that they had some backup guys in there and we weren't able to run it. I tip my hat to them, and we did some things that were a little uncharacteristic of us."

OFF TARGET: The NFL's "target" statistic tracks how many passes are thrown to players, and of the league's top 50 players in receptions, the Bucs' Vincent Jackson is the only player who has caught less than have the passes "targeted" for him. Jackson has 17 catches in 41 targets, including just two catches Sunday out of 11 passes targeted for him.

THIS AND THAT: The Bucs' 44 points in 2013 match their lowest total in any four-game stretch going back to 2009, when Josh Freeman was a rookie. ... The NFL had only two teams from 2003-12 finish a season averaging less than 12 points per game, but the Bucs (11.0) and Jaguars (7.8) are on pace to do that this season. ... After eight flags for 73 yards Sunday, Tampa Bay is averaging the second-most penalty yards (85.2) and tied for third-most penalties (8.8).

[Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 4:30pm]


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