Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was fined again by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit. This time it was to the tune of $60,000 for an illegal hit against St. Louis Rams receiver Steadman Bailey. The play happened in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 23-13 loss.
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Goldson has been fined multiple times in his career and was already suspended once this season for a hit on Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. In Week 2 of the season, a suspension following a hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles was reduced to a $100,000 fine.
According to NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks, Goldson made no attempt to make a clean hit on Sproles.
“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,” Hanks wrote in a letter to Goldson informing him of the suspension. “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.”
So far this season, Goldson has been fined $190,000 for unnecessary roughness.