Following his second helmet-to-helmet hit in as many games this season, the NFL suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety for one game. His first helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland resulted in a $30,000 fine.
NFL overturned one-game suspension of Bucs S Dashon Goldson, who now will play allowed to play Sunday vs. New England.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2013
His one game suspension was reduced to a $100,000 fine.
From the NFL:
Matt Birk, the hearing officer in the appeal of Dashon Goldson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of his one-game suspension, has reduced the discipline to a $100,000 fine.
Birk is jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFL Players Association to hear and decide appeals for on-field player discipline.
Goldson was suspended for one game without pay on Monday by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks for a flagrant and repeat violation of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players.
Birk also upheld the $30,000 fine issued to Goldson for a Week 1 violation of player safety rules in a game against the New York Jets.
We’ll see if this larger dollar amount is enough to deter Goldson from making helmet-to-helmet hits in the future.