TAMPA — The hit that will cost Dashon Goldson a one-game suspension came only three plays before a similar helmet-to-helmet strike Sunday knocked one of his teammates out of the game.
The NFL suspended Goldson one game Monday for his illegal hit on Falcons receiver Roddy White with 3:12 left in the second quarter of the Bucs' 41-28 victory at Raymond James Stadium.
Three plays later, after a 5-yard completion from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez, Goldson took a 7-yard run to the pile, lowered his head and blasted Bucs linebacker Mason Foster in the head. Foster was forced to leave the game with a concussion. Goldson is appealing his suspension.
It's the second time in 2013 the league has suspended Goldson. His one-game ban for a hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles was overturned on appeal and he was fined $100,000 after a meeting.
Goldson was fined $30,000 for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area in the opener against the Jets.
Goldson can't practice this week, nor play Sunday at Detroit. He will be reinstated Nov. 25.
The helmet-to-helmet hit on White occurred with 3:12 left in the first half with the Bucs up 24-3. It was the first play of a 49-yard drive that resulted in Matt Bryant's 49-yard field goal.
Goldson accounted for two of the three Falcons turnovers. He forced a fumble by White and recorded his first interception of the season. He has 50 tackles this season and missed two games with a knee injury.
Goldson signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract as a free agent in March. The seventh-year veteran will forfeit $264,768 of a base salary of $4.25 million.