Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Goldson won't be suspended for hit

TAMPA — Bucs S Dashon Goldson drew a penalty late in Sunday's 13-10 loss to Arizona for a high hit on a defenseless receiver. But he won't face a suspension, Merton Hanks, the NFL's vice president for football operations, said Monday. But Hanks said Goldson could be fined.

Goldson, who has three personal fouls this season, was suspended for a game for his second, Sept. 15 against the Saints. Upon appeal, it was reduced to a $100,000 fine.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wasn't happy about Goldson's hit on Jaron Brown on Monday. He called it "totally illegal, like he always does."

Asked about the Bucs going after QB Carson Palmer on two kneel-downs at the end of the game, Arians 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 the status of S Mark Barron (hamstring) and TE Nate Byham (calf/knee) for Oct. 13 against the Eagles. Both were hurt Sunday.

Another tight end, Tom Crabtree, hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain in the preseason against Miami but hopes he can return against Philadelphia. He had a setback last weekend while testing his ankle during practice.

"I think it's a realistic goal," he said of returning Oct. 13. "Hopefully, be smart about it this week and get back out there."

ROUGH DAY: RB Doug Martin was held in check by an Arizona defense that now ranks second in the NFL against the run at 75 yards per game. The second-year player was dropped for losses nine times and finished with 45 yards on 27 carries.

The 1.7 yards per carry were the worst in his 20-game career, trumping the 1.6 against the Saints last year. Those two games are the only times over his past 16 games he has been held to fewer than 50 yards.

"We're running the ball effectively at times and then other times not. Sunday, definitely not," Schiano said. "(The Cardinals) 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. Among the league's top 50 in receptions, only Bucs WR Vincent Jackson has caught fewer than half the passes "targeted" for him. Jackson has 17 catches among 41 targets, including two among 11 Sunday.

THIS AND THAT: The Bucs' 44 points this season are their fewest in a four-game stretch since 33 from Nov. 22 to Dec. 13, 2009, when QB Josh Freeman was a rookie. … Only two teams from 2003-12 scored fewer than 12 points a game. But the Bucs (11.0) and Jaguars (7.8) are on pace to do so. …After eight flags for 73 yards Sunday, Tampa Bay is averaging 8.8 (third most in the league) for 85.2 (second most).

 
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