Goldson fined $60,000 for illegal hit

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson’s 2013 fines sit at $454,705 after Friday’s for $60,000.
Bucs safety Dashon Goldson’s 2013 fines sit at $454,705 after Friday’s for $60,000.
Published Dec. 28, 2013

TAMPA— Bucs S Dashon Goldson's hit on Rams WR Stedman Bailey on Sunday did not result in another suspension, but it was costly.

Goldson was fined $60,000 by the NFL on Friday for his helmet-to-helmet tackle following a 12-yard reception in the fourth quarter of the Bucs' 23-13 loss.

It's the fourth time Goldson has received sanctions from the league for an illegal hit:

• He was fined $30,000 for a Week 1 hit on Jets TE Jeff Cumberland.

• A one-game suspension for a Week 2 hit on Saints RB Darren Sproles was overturned on appeal, but he was fined $100,000.

• A Week 11 hit on Falcons WR Roddy White earned him a suspension for one game and the forfeiture of a game check ($264,705).

Goldson has lost $454,705 this season. He signed a five-year, $41.5 million ($22 million guaranteed) contract in March.

INJURY UPDATE: For the second week in a row, the Bucs might go without S Mark Barron, who continues to be limited by a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at New Orleans.

A second defensive starter, LB Dekoda Watson, did not practice Friday and also is questionable with a groin injury. Second-year S Keith Tandy — who has started four games as a fill-in this season — and LB Adam Hayward worked at Watson's strongside spot.

The Bucs lack linebacker depth as Ka'Lial Glaud is also questionable with a knee injury, leaving only Danny Lansanah — inactive in his only two weeks on the active roster — on the bench. Lansanah hasn't had a tackle since his rookie season in 2008.

MAN OF THE YEAR: WR Vincent Jackson was named the Bucs' Man of the Year, putting him in contention for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Jackson, leading the Bucs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns, was honored for his community work. The Jackson in Action 83 Foundation reaches out to military families and their children.

"We have such a platform to influence a lot of people's lives in this community, and they give so much to us," Jackson said. "I'm happy to do it. I will continue to do so, and it's an honor I share with my teammates and a lot of people in this community who have helped me."

Said coach Greg Schiano: "I've often said he's the epitome of what we look for in a Buccaneer player. He cares about his teammates, practices incredibly hard, is truly committed to this community with all the things he does."

The overall league winner will be announced Feb. 1.

GOOD GUY: DT Gerald McCoy was honored by local media in conjunction with the Pro Football Writers Association with the Bucs' Good Guy award, given to the player on each team who is "most helpful and cooperative with the media."

HIGH TURNOVER: To appreciate how much the Bucs' roster has changed this season, consider among the six players who gained yards during the Week 2 loss to New Orleans, only Jackson remains on the active roster. QB Josh Freeman and WR Kevin Ogletree have been released, and RB Doug Martin, WR Mike Williams and TE Nate Byham are on injured reserve.

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ONE TO AVOID: With 1,058 penalty yards (third in the NFL), the Bucs are 46 away from the team record of 1,104 set in 2003.