Ban mulled for Dashon Goldson

  • Adam Schefter [ARCHIVE]
  • ESPN | September 16, 2013

The NFL is discussing whether to suspend Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson for his helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles, according to a league source.

Dashon Goldson
AP Photo/Brian BlancoDashon Goldson was suspended one game for his second flagged hit in two games.

The hit to Sproles came one week after Goldson was fined $30,000 for hitting New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland during the Buccaneers' Week 1 loss.

Goldson was flagged for his hit on Sproles, as he was for the hit on Cumberland. The Buccaneers committed 10 penalties for 118 yards in a 16-14 loss to the Saints. Against the Jets, they had 13 penalties for 102 yards. Tampa Bay's 220 yards in penalties are the most in the NFL; its 23 penalties are tied for the most with the San Francisco 49ers.

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, asked about Goldson's hit Monday, said "it doens't really matter" whether he thought it should have been penalized.

"As I tell the guys, whether you think it's a penalty or not, it's called, so it's a penalty," he said. "That's really the issue. If something is going to be called, we have to avoid it.

"It's hurting the football team. By the same token, I want our guys to play hard. I don't think anybody is intentionally trying to do that. We just have to be more and more aware of that situation and make sure we avoid that as much as we can."

From 2010 through Monday, Goldson has drawn 15 personal fouls, more than any other player in the league.

Goldson is in his first season with the Buccaneers, joining Tampa Bay with a five-year, $41.25 million contract this offseason. The 28-year-old safety had played his first six seasons with the 49ers.

Schiano said the Buccaneers weren't worried about Goldson's history with penalties when they signed him.

"When we made the decision to bring Dashon here, that was not a concern. Was I aware that he was a big hitter? Yes. Now, it's a concern that he may get suspended, but Dashon is trying to do the right thing," Schiano said.

"He's just got to lower his target point and sometimes the point moves, so that means you have to go lower still. He certainly is trying. It's not one of those, 'Oh, I don't care, I'm just going to do that.' He's very aware and trying," he said.

Considering Goldson's history and two penalties this season, the NFL will determine in the next 24 hours whether to suspend him, the source said.

ESPN.com Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas contributed to this report.

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