Dashon Goldson free to play New England in week three.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson won his appeal of a one-game suspension for inflicting a helmet-to-helmet hit, the National Football League announced.
The league had suspended the 29-year-old defensive back Monday for his blow to New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles in the second quarter of a game the day before, which Tampa Bay lost 16-14.
Goldson will be eligible to play Sunday against New England with the ban overturned, but he will instead be fined $100,000 for the hit, matching the NFL-record for a fine imposed against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for a low block on Minnesota center John Sullivan.
Goldson was seen as a repeat offender, having been fined $30,000 one week earlier for his hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland during the Buccaneers’ season-opening loss.
Goldson has made 16 tackles in two games this season for Tampa Bay after spending his first six NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.