Suspension overturned, Goldson will play vs. Patriots
Bucs safety Dashon Goldson will play Sunday against the Patriots after his one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday's loss to the Saints was overturned in an appeal, a team official confirmed to the Times' Rick Stroud on Wednesday morning.
Instead of a suspension, Goldson faces a fine of $100,000, as ruled by Matt Birk, the hearing officer on Goldson's appeal. Goldson's return keeps the Bucs secondary at full strength as they travel to face Tom Brady and a challenging Patriots offense.
The Bucs lead the NFL in penalty yards and Goldson already has been flagged separately for a personal foul and for unnecessary roughness. The league called his actions Sunday a "flagrant and repeat violation" of its policy on helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless player.
Goldson, who was fined $30,000 for another hit against the Jets a week earlier, had been suspended for one game Monday, and the league sent him a letter saying he "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."
A one-game suspension last season was rescinded against then-Ravens safety Ed Reed, who instead faced a $50,000 fine.