Dashon Goldson felt like “a convict” during suspension

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Dashon Goldson served a one-game suspension last Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-21 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Goldson was suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White the prior week. It was the second time this season Goldson had been suspended for an illegal hit, though the first was overturned on appeal.

Goldson didn’t take too well to having to watch the game from home instead of being with his teammates in Detroit. During his weekly radio show on 620 WDAE in Tampa Bay, Goldson described how difficult it was for him being away from the team for a week.

“I couldn’t be around the building and that was the thing, man. It was kind of rough,” Goldson said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “The news, breaking it down, you felt like a convict, man. I couldn’t be around. This is what I love, this is what I like doing. This what I do. This is my daily operation. They took that from me.”

Goldson said he will try to change the way he plays because he doesn’t want any future suspensions to hurt his team again. However, there is still an edge he feels he needs to play with to be the player he expects to be.

“I’m trying. I’m trying because, for the simple fact that I don’t want to hurt my team with these suspensions. I don’t want to hurt the organization with these suspensions. So definitely I’ve got to work really hard on lowering my target and things like that. But I can’t change my game too much, that’s the reason I got here. I’m the Hawk, baby. So I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do, get guys on the ground and help our team win. Get our defense off the field, get our offense out there and put points on the board.”