Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended without pay for one game for a flagrant and repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, the NFL announced.
Goldson has three days to file an appeal and is expected to do so.
If the suspension is upheld, he'll miss Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver.
The violation was Goldson’s fifth for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and his second in the first two weeks of the 2013 season. Goldson was fined $30,000 last week for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area against the New York Jets.
“You had an unobstructed path to your opponent,” NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks wrote in a letter to Goldson informing him of the suspension. “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. This illegal contact clearly could have been avoided.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.