Saints running back Darren Sproles says Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was clearly intending to injure him when he delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow in Sunday’s game.
“He tried to hurt me on the play, but he didn’t,” Sproles said.
Sproles said that when he watched replays of the hit, he could see that Goldson was aiming to drill him in the head. Sproles added that Goldson has a history of delivering “dirty” hits.
Goldson got a 15-yard penalty for the hit on Sproles and was initially suspended for a game, although on appeal his punishment was reduced from a one-game suspension to a $100,000 fine. That’s a hefty fine and it comes on the heels of a $30,000 fine Goldson incurred in Week One, but at some point, if fines and 15-yard penalties aren’t stopping Goldson’s dirty play, a suspension is going to have to be the next step.