Dashon Goldson, safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been suspended. He will be out for one week as a result of the illegal hit that he delivered to running back Darren Sproles, who plays for the New Orleans Saints. On Sunday, he hit Sproles with helmet to helmet contact, which is illegal in the NFL and can be very dangerous for players. This is not the first time that Goldson has violated the rules of the NFL and put another player in danger. Due to being a repeat offender and the seriousness of his latest hit, Goldson is being suspended for one week.
The illegal hits that players have been delivering lately has become a big issue and something needs to be done in order to change that behavior, or we will be seeing more and more injuries. There have already been several injuries this season to running backs and quarterbacks, which can really hurt a team. Clay Matthews was fined for a very serious hit on Colin Kaepernick in week 1, in addition to other fines that were delivered during the game. Fox Sports Florida reports that Goldson, a seventh-year veteran, has drawn 15 personal fouls since 2010, more than anyone else in the league. The violation that occurred this past Sunday was also the fifth time that he has been called for unnecessary roughness since 2011. It seems a bit unnecessary, but he does not seem to get the point, since the whistle continues to be blown on his inappropriate antics.
Overall, Tampa Bay was penalized 10 times for 118 yards in the Week 2 loss. This certainly played a large part in their loss and the game ended with a final score of 16-14 after a lack of offense from both teams. The suspension will prevent Goldson from practicing with the team or competing in their week 3 game against the New England Patriots. He will be able to resume team activities next Monday. This was also his second fine in the first two weeks of the season, after being penalized for striking Jeff Cumberland of the New York Jets, when he was defenseless. He was fined $30,000 for the hit against Cumberland, when he hit him in the head and neck area, according to ABC News.
The suspension was imposed Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks. In the statement sent to Goldson, Hanks told him "It is clear that you lowered your head and unnecessarily rammed the left side of your helmet into the left side of your opponent's head."
Hopefully, Goldson will start to get the point eventually, otherwise more drastic measures will need to be taken.
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