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Report: NFL considering suspending Dashon Goldson after another helmet-to-helmet hit

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The Buccaneers have racked up 23 penalties through two weeks, including several personal fouls that have helped the Jets and Saints wind up winners in the first two weeks of the season.

Safety Dashon Goldson has been one of the chief culprits. He picked up a $30,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland last week and then was flagged again for blasting Saints running back Darren Sproles while Sproles was trying to catch a pass on Sunday. It was a hit that is sure to catch the attention of the NFL and it could wind up being more than a fine for Goldson.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the NFL is considering a suspension for Goldson because of the consecutive weeks with infractions added to a body of work that included 13 other personal fouls since 2010 and more than $70,000 in fines last season.

The league tried to suspend then-Ravens safety Ed Reed for similar reasons last season, but Reed wound up with a $50,000 fine after appealing the suspension. Reed was suspended after three hits in three seasons, a record that pales in comparison to Goldson’s run over the last few years, which may be enough for the NFL to try again with another safety whose hits they feel have crossed the line too often.

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  1. bucrightoff says: Sep 16, 2013 9:49 AM

    I assume that means Brandon Merriweather is getting banned from the league right? He’s a much worse offender than Goldson.

  2. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Sep 16, 2013 9:49 AM

    Start with Brandon Merriweather

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    The NFLPA has to step up here as well as the league.

    Do they want to protect their own guys from rogues who repeatedly injure other players, or do they want to fight bitterly against any suspension so the league can’t set that precedent ?

    One would hope for the former but its usually the latter case.

  4. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    guess he and merriweather should make some tee times. both of these clowns should get lenghty suspensions.

  5. ctiggs says: Sep 16, 2013 9:54 AM

    This is why the Niners got rid of him. He is a liability in coverage, always looking to take someone out, but draws a penalty everytime.

  6. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Sep 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    Black’s hit on Graham was really bad too. Almost took his head off.

  7. peachyc39 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    If Goldson is suspended then his argument should be what about Suh…..

  8. mattsffrd says: Sep 16, 2013 9:56 AM

    HARDESS HITTIN SAFETY IN DA LEE

  9. shaggyjeff says: Sep 16, 2013 9:57 AM

    Please see Patrick Willis comments below …. Should he let the guy catch the ball and gently ask him to stop running ? Or go low and shred the guys knee ? Goodell is ruining the game

  10. nananatman says: Sep 16, 2013 9:57 AM

    On the brighter side the Giants have coughed up the ball 11 times to 2 takeaways this season, Bucs can’t be that bad.

  11. wtfchiefs says: Sep 16, 2013 10:01 AM

    Merriweather needs to be suspended too. He doesn’t even play remotely smart. He’s gonna end up in a wheelchair if he doesn’t learn how to tackle.

  12. thejuddstir says: Sep 16, 2013 10:08 AM

    Certainly not sticking up for Goldson here, but illegal hits during the course of the game can get you suspended but illegal cheap dirty hits AFTER the play by Suh just gets you fined? Makes sense to me, LOL

  13. thejuddstir says: Sep 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    ANY player who were to get suspended before N. Suh will appeal his suspension to the Supreme Court, LOL

  14. tcmiller30 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:11 AM

    Conveniently, it’d be just in time for their game against NE. Would anyone really be shocked by this?

  15. mrbigass says: Sep 16, 2013 10:14 AM

    How about Pollard’s helmet to helmet on Andre Johnson?

  16. offinlimbo says: Sep 16, 2013 10:17 AM

    Suspend Benard Pollard for taking out knees too!

  17. robf2010 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:24 AM

    Goldson should have been suspended for the rest of the playoffs after the helmet-to-helmet hit followed by a victory march that he put on Pierre Thomas a couple of years ago. He’s a headhunter.

    That said, his hit on Sproles yesterday was nothing compared to the one Ahmad Black put on Jimmy Graham. That one was intended to put Graham out of the game because he was single-handedly killing them. That guy needs to be suspended and fined heavily.

  18. doall24 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:24 AM

    still can’t believe merriweather got away with no penalty on that hit to lacy. how can you take goodell and NFL referees seriously with the rules, when they don’t follow them? they should be wearing clown suits instead of zebra stripes.

  19. loubearkane says: Sep 16, 2013 10:27 AM

    Fine him but then kick Brandon Merriweather out of the league. That is the only way he knows how to hit. If you ever want to know where he is , wait for there to be a tackle and he’ll be the one jumping over the pile.

  20. bucforever says: Sep 16, 2013 10:34 AM

    Just another “FIX” for Schiano to make. So Coach, fix Goldson’s trend in personal fouls and you can take a big chunk out of the penalty total. Just sayin’. GO BUCS

  21. iam6thatthatiam says: Sep 16, 2013 10:47 AM

    The Nfl is getting soft. Soccer anyone

  22. mdd913 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:51 AM

    Bucs were headhunting yesterday. That is a dangerous, reckless team and their coach is just whooping it up on the sidelines encouraging it. What a clown show.

  23. flipadelphia says: Sep 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    But…but…I thought Suh was the Villain?

    You mean there’s players who have a proven track record of actually injuring players on purpose….and they’re not named Suh?

  24. kingpel says: Sep 16, 2013 10:53 AM

    That Merriweather needs to be addressed first. That was a blatant spear to the side of the jaw. I would suspend him for multiple games.

  25. carr3rules says: Sep 16, 2013 10:58 AM

    Add Brandon Meriweather to the list too, the dumb A$$ took himself out with a helmet to helmet hit on James Starks after he took out Eddie Lacy

  26. tincansailor981 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:01 AM

    That whole game needs to be reviewed. Hard play is one thing but some of those hits by Tampa Bay were borderline criminal. Their coach needs to be taken to task for condoning and probably encouraging that on-field behavior.

  27. noring4youstill says: Sep 16, 2013 11:02 AM

    Goldson’ hit wasn’t even illegal. It just looked worse than it was. No that no name back up hack that smoked Jimmy was dirty, cheap and illegal. They clearly did that trying to take him out of the game due to his superior effort he was putting up. That guy should be the one suspended. Also time to look at the coaches and see what type of bountys are going on down on Tampa

  28. doall24 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    iam6thatthatiam says: Sep 16, 2013 10:47 AM

    The Nfl is getting soft. Soccer anyone
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    don’t think it is a matter of “soft”, good business is to keep all your valuable products readily available. if you allow bad business to interfere with your good business, you will be out of business. the NFL can’t let guys lead with their helmets and knock important players out of games. it is not good for the NFL. goodell, correct it before it affects the business. and soccer, no thank you.

  29. thegregwitul says: Sep 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    Dashon Goldson was not leading with the crown of his helmet, nor is he really leading with his head. He’s been flagged three times in two games and only one of those hits looked to be illegal. The hit on Cumberland dislodged the football and was a clean tackle, albeit a violent one. The hit on Sproles shouldn’t have been illegal either; Goldson is a violent tackler, easily one of the three hardest hitting players in the entire NFL, but someone explain how Goldson is flagged for these hits when he is clearly attempting to angle his body and lead with his shoulder and Brandon Merriweather WASN’T EVEN FLAGGED for the most violent hit of the season?

    Again, let me repeat; Merriweather wasn’t even flagged for leading with the crown of his helmet and launching himself like a missile and taking Eddy Lacy out of the football game. Yet, Dashon Goldson is on the brink of suspension. And let’s not even get into how Goldson appears closer to a suspension than Suh from Detroit.

    Give me a break. I’m all for protecting players, but this is turning into a no-win situation that isn’t even being properly enforced by the officials. That’s all I have to say for now, I think I’ll take a break and play the new Madden video game, the one that has an exclusive NFL license and nets the league millions of dollars and features a ‘hit stick’ so that I can perform the bone jarring tackles that the game advertises as a selling point to make the NFL money but would be flagged as illegal.

    Hypocritical much?

  30. kingpel says: Sep 16, 2013 11:05 AM

    If they don’t want to suspend him this week just wait until next week when he does it again.

  31. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:08 AM

    Look at these weenie kids calling Dashon a headhunter. Pfft. Unfortunately the days of big bad safeties tatooing your butt like Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater etc are over. Goldson is just old school and is in the wrong era. My argument used to be, “if you don’t want to get jacked up, then don’t play football.” (insert mans game bi*ch after) But I guess this is not what football means anymore. I am more of a progressive person by nature and i’m good with change when it applies to most things, but I sure miss the 80′s and 90′s. All these flags and the way the game is called, it makes me sad and angry. Given the league just paid a cool billion in the settlement, the enforcement of these new rules is over the top because the league is scared to death of another suit.

  32. vietnambob2473 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:08 AM

    When hits like the one Rahim Moore put on Hakeem Nicks yesterday are flagged, the refs should be fined and or suspended for flagging a textbook example of a legal hit.

  33. wjmoffatt says: Sep 16, 2013 11:11 AM

    if he gets suspended the NFL is out to get the Bucs! The hit on Floyd should get that defender suspended and worst of all, how does Suh not get suspended for his foul play in week 1? If Suh doesn’t and GHOlson does, the NFL is a complete freaking joke and they are all show because they would want the Pats to have an even better chance at winning the game

  34. threedeep1998 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:15 AM

    robf2010 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 10:24 AM
    Goldson should have been suspended for the rest of the playoffs after the helmet-to-helmet hit followed by a victory march that he put on Pierre Thomas a couple of years ago. He’s a headhunter.

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    That was Donte Whitner and the hit came after he made the catch. He was a runner at that point.

  35. nyninerfan says: Sep 16, 2013 11:20 AM

    robf2010 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:24 AM

    Goldson should have been suspended for the rest of the playoffs after the helmet-to-helmet hit followed by a victory march that he put on Pierre Thomas a couple of years ago. He’s a headhunter.

    That said, his hit on Sproles yesterday was nothing compared to the one Ahmad Black put on Jimmy Graham. That one was intended to put Graham out of the game because he was single-handedly killing them. That guy needs to be suspended and fined heavily.
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    Donte Whitner laid out Thomas, not Goldson. That was a clean hit btw, He wasn’t considered a defenseless receiver.

  36. sethyersin says: Sep 16, 2013 11:28 AM

    What about Merriweather? Goldson’s hits don’t even compare.

  37. billh1947 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:31 AM

    They are like the talentless little guy who carries a gun and tries to be tough,in this case its the hard helmet and the desire and willingness to knock other players out with it.

  38. cheapglazers says: Sep 16, 2013 11:37 AM

    You have to suspend Quincy Black as well!

  39. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    billh1947 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 11:31 AM
    They are like the talentless little guy who carries a gun and tries to be tough,in this case its the hard helmet and the desire and willingness to knock other players out with it.

    What stupid analogy. Carrying a gun doesn’t require ballz. But, not everyone has the mentality to knock someone the F out. I’ve seen guys that can bench 365 but they didn’t have the heart to step in front of a big running back coming at you with a full head of steam and just laying the wood. Honestly, you kinda have to be half crazy. There are only a handful of people that can absolutely decleat you and Dashon is one of those people. I dare you to try to lay your shoulder to a 230lb Andre Johnson’s chest, and not only that knock him in to next week. 100% of you people in here wouldn’t have the heart to even try. It takes big brass ones. You people have no idea.

  40. sisqsage says: Sep 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    Dashon’s style of play is on the fast track to being regulated out of the NFL. He is going to have to change or he will be suspended multiple times and lose big time bucks. Physics could do the trick too. Ask Meriweather – after he wakes up from that second hit yesterday. If you keep going for the headshot, sometimes you will get the worst of it. Dashon’s never knocked himself out though. He is a much more skilled tackler than Meriweather, who always seems to go for the headshot – even with the newer rules this year. Meriweather’s such a punk (going back to that fight at the U) Belichick couldn’t even stand him anymore in NE. Usually you have to be facing a long prison sentence before this happens.

  41. houseofbacon says: Sep 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    cheapglazers says:Sep 16, 2013 11:37 AM

    You have to suspend Quincy Black as well!

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    What the heck is wrong with you? We get it, you hate Tampa, your username doesn’t exactly disguise your trolling efforts.

    Not only do you have to crap in every Bucs thread, now you’re making jokes about a guy with a career-ending injury that had to stop playing football? He was one of the nicest guys on the team.

  42. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 16, 2013 12:05 PM

    It was a forearm to the head that knocked Johnson out. By the way…Andre may have been “knocked into next week,” but he still managed to make an awesome catch that helped win the game. But that hit was child’s play compared to the one laid on the titians receiver. I think it was Kareem Jackson who made the hit. Anyway, that was a blatant cheap shot. Dude should get a huge fine (and a suspension if he does it again). Hard hits are one thing, deliberately trying to knock a guy’s head off is another. And this is coming from a Texans fan

  43. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 16, 2013 12:10 PM

    He should be. Injuring other players, cost them games as well. This guy needs to go before he kills someone.

  44. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:20 PM

    2ndaryinsanity says:
    Sep 16, 2013 12:05 PM
    It was a forearm to the head that knocked Johnson out. By the way…Andre may have been “knocked into next week,” but he still managed to make an awesome catch that helped win the game. But that hit was child’s play compared to the one laid on the titians receiver. I think it was Kareem Jackson who made the hit. Anyway, that was a blatant cheap shot. Dude should get a huge fine (and a suspension if he does it again). Hard hits are one thing, deliberately trying to knock a guy’s head off is another. And this is coming from a Texans fan

    I was giving an example. I was talking about the Texans game yesterday. I didn’t watch it, nor do I care about the Texans.

  45. dhardy8207 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 9:52 AM
    The NFLPA has to step up here as well as the league.

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    It is hard to hold the NFL responsible for a player’s health status after retirement if they can’t help protect them while their playing. The league has been hit with class action suits over players having health issues that are a direct affect of blount hits to the head…NFLPA and players can’t have it both ways.

  46. keepingitrealdumb says: Sep 16, 2013 12:35 PM

    everyone here already said it: “what about Merriweather?!?!?!”

    that guy has been doing that stuff his entire career .. i remember him knocking out a Raven’s TE similarly to the way he knocked out Lacy while he was playing in NE at the time.

    he even knocked himself out trying to do the same to Starks .. and all the Packers were around there “hoping he was OK” .. they should have been yelling at him: “how does it feel?” while he was on the ground.

    he did it to himself .. and if you do things to yourself, i got no sympathy

  47. goawayeverybody says: Sep 16, 2013 12:36 PM

    Headhunters should be banned. Period.

  48. justintuckrule says: Sep 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    Easy to tell that the posters on here only started watching football from no later than the mid 90s. Of all the “hits” this weekend, the only blatant hit that did not violate the law of physics that should have been flagged was Meriwhethers’ hit on Lacey. Believe it or not….helmets are allowed to touch other helmets. You’ve all been brainwashed. It might be hard for you to believe but it is very difficult for a 210 lb athlete, running a 4.3 40 to make a microsecond decision to avoid head contact. This league blows.

  49. wardawg42 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    Suspend the bum. These guys are no more then cheap shot artists. Hitting guys when they are defenseless.

  50. peed1 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    The game is not the same. Almost unwatchable.

  51. aljack88 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:58 PM

    tcmiller30 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 10:11 AM
    Conveniently, it’d be just in time for their game against NE. Would anyone really be shocked by this?
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    ah, yes, the evil Kraft strikes again……

  52. justintuckrule says: Sep 16, 2013 1:01 PM

    During the Den-NYG game, the bottom of the screen had a runner ticker for scores and the bottom right had a bar that gave the time left or a bar in yellow that said “FINAL”. Was anyone else distracted that they thought the yellow “FINAL” bar was for a penalty on the prior play? We are so conditioned to look for that yellow “flag” bar after every single play that the “FINAL” bar distracted me all game long. This league blows.

  53. themilehighchamp says: Sep 16, 2013 1:02 PM

    The NFL should suspend Goldson and Merriweather for being repeat offenders. With that being said I do give defenders a bit of slack after watching Rahim Moore get flagged for a perfectly legal hit in the Broncos/Giants game. It would be nice to see instant replay become some type of factor in distinguishing penalties such as that play.

  54. rayphinkel says: Sep 16, 2013 1:03 PM

    As a Redskins fan, I can at least say that I’m a little happy that Merriweather actually made contact with someone carrying the ball which really can’t be said for anyone else on the defense so far this year. However, I was embarrassed by his first hit and then downright ashamed after his second. I am all for suspensions and getting these jokers off the field.

  55. johngaltwho says: Sep 16, 2013 1:27 PM

    The NFL should wait till Merriweather recovers from his concussion and then impose a two game suspension one for each of his ridiculous hits during the Packer game. While we agree that Merriweather’s personal risk during any given helmet to helmet hit is quite low considering how little his brain is worth to start with; he should respect that other players have brains that have some inherent utility and value.

  56. bucforever says: Sep 16, 2013 1:30 PM

    Schiano needs to fix Goldson’s attitude or tackling technique. The penalties are killing us!There has to be a way to control and focus his aggression.

  57. malkinrulez says: Sep 16, 2013 1:33 PM

    I love the way the defense is playing I hope they keep it up. If the offense gets to be average Bucs will be winning alot of games.

  58. fearthehoody says: Sep 16, 2013 1:34 PM

    Wow have we become a nation of softies

  59. cheapglazers says: Sep 16, 2013 1:51 PM

    “houseofbacon”

    No disrespect. It was the wrong Black. Ahmad Black. Now he disrespects our team. His hit was uncalled for and does not belong in this game.

  60. mdd913 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:55 PM

    justintuckrule says: Sep 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    Easy to tell that the posters on here only started watching football from no later than the mid 90s. Of all the “hits” this weekend, the only blatant hit that did not violate the law of physics that should have been flagged was Meriwhethers’ hit on Lacey. Believe it or not….helmets are allowed to touch other helmets. You’ve all been brainwashed. It might be hard for you to believe but it is very difficult for a 210 lb athlete, running a 4.3 40 to make a microsecond decision to avoid head contact. This league blows.

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    Or maybe we’ve been watching football since the early 80s and would simply like a little consistency.

    You see, if the commissioner is going to suspect MY team’s coach and RUIN an entire season in the name of player safety, then you’re damn skippy I’m going to want every other team treated the same way.

  61. bigbluenationdb says: Sep 16, 2013 3:03 PM

    If anyone saw the Redskins/Packers game yesterday then Merriweather should also be looking at a suspension. Merriweather always leads with his helmet. If I remember correctly that is why the got released from New England.

  62. justintuckrule says: Sep 16, 2013 4:36 PM

    Or maybe we’ve been watching football since the early 80s and would simply like a little consistency.
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    @mdd – “consistency” is impossible when you are asking a human being, fallible by nature, to make a judgment call when players are making body movements at the second of impact at almost the speed of light.

    As a football fan, NOT fantasy, I don’t want your team to get screwed by a flag anymore than my team. I loved it back in the day when my player took a big hit and got right back up. It used to be a game of momentum. It’s now a game of whoever can break serve most.

  63. hendeeze says: Sep 16, 2013 4:38 PM

    disingenuous to imply he racked up 70k in fines for personal fouls, when a good % of that was due to repeat uniform violations…

  64. tpa43 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:56 PM

    This is bad! Jimmy Graham went down the middle and dropped the pass. Then he got smashed by Ahmad Black on this clear penalty. He should be suspended by the league office for that hit.. Late, and leading with the helmet, and a hit to the head of a defenseless receiver. That’s the fine or suspension trifecta.

  65. hatesycophants says: Sep 16, 2013 5:07 PM

    I disagree often with justintuckrule. However, his posts on this topic are cogent and I agree with each point.

    The problem with the expanding popularity of the NFL is that it has produced so many fringe fans. Calling for suspensions at every turn is beyond ridiculous. People who enjoy football like some random reality show are contributing to the steady demise of professional football as we once knew it.

  66. mdd913 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:34 PM

    justintuckrule says: Sep 16, 2013 4:36 PM

    @mdd – “consistency” is impossible when you are asking a human being, fallible by nature, to make a judgment call when players are making body movements at the second of impact at almost the speed of light.

    As a football fan, NOT fantasy, I don’t want your team to get screwed by a flag anymore than my team. I loved it back in the day when my player took a big hit and got right back up. It used to be a game of momentum. It’s now a game of whoever can break serve most.

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    In theory I agree. In theory.

    In reality, mothers of dead kids and former players are suing football-playing institutions left and right, people are starting to see the sport as barbaric and you have goons like Meriweather and Goldson who insist on trying to injure others.

    It’s just not going to go back to the way it used to be. We might as well accept it and move on, and hope that the NFL is motivated to and capable of treating all the teams fairly and equally where discipline is concerned.

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