Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was fined twice for his overaggressive play this season, and many NFL observers believed he would be suspended after delivering a hit to Arizona Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown this past Sunday.
Goldson received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after a hit late in the fourth quarter. It appeared Goldson was trying to knock Brown out-of-bounds without a helmet-to-helmet contact. Apparently, the NFL agrees.
Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud said Goldson will not be suspended for that hit during the Bucs’ 13-10 loss.
The NFL will not suspend S Dashon Goldson for his hit on a defenseless receiver Sunday, the Times confirmed.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 30, 2013
Even though Goldson will avoid a suspension, that does not mean he eluded the criticism of Cardinals coach Bruce Arians:
Arians on what he thought of TB S Dashon Goldson's hit on AZ WR Jaron Brown: "Totally illegal, like he always does." http://t.co/bhu8BWRgeR
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 30, 2013
Of course, Goldson could still be fined.
Goldson was fined $100,000 for his hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles and $30,000 for a hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in Week 1. Goldson has amassed 15 personal fouls since 2010, which is more than current NFL player.
Goldson definitely will not have to worry about receiving any discipline for his on-the-field aggressiveness this weekend.
Tampa Bay is on a bye.