NFL suspends Dashon Goldson for one game

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Cliff Welch/Icon SMI

The NFL  has suspended Tampa Bay  Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for one game for his illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles in Sunday’s Week 2 loss.  He is appealing the suspension.

Goldson’s suspension is the result of  “a flagrant and repeat violation of rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area.”

Goldson was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the Sproles hit. This isn’t the first time, as the previous week, Goldson was fined $30,000 for committing a personal foul on Jets TE Jeff Cumberland.

Goldson has 15 personal foul penalties since the start of the 2010 season. He is in his first season with Tampa after signing a five-year, $41.25 million contract in the off season. He played his first six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

As of now, Goldson is set to miss next week’s game against the Patriots. Ahmad Black will likely get the start in his place.

Goldson will be eligible to return in Week 4 against the Cardinals at home.