Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended by the NFL for one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday’s game on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles.
According to the NFL, Goldson has drawn five unnecessary roughness penalties since 2011.
In an excerpt of a letter from NFL V.P. of football operations Merton Hanks to Goldson released by the league, Hanks said that Goldson’s hit on Sproles was “illegal contact” that “clearly could have been avoided.”
Said Hanks: “You had an unobstructed path to your opponent. 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. You delivered a forceful blow with your helmet and made no attempt whatsoever to wrap up your opponent or make a conventional tackle on the play.”