Colts LB Walden, Bucs S Goldson suspended by NFL

The Associated Press
Colts LB Walden, Bucs S Goldson suspended by NFL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) runs with the football after intercepting a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Colts linebacker Erik Walden's head-butt and Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's helmet-to-helmet hit have earned one-game suspensions from the NFL.

The league announced the punishments Monday.

Walden pulled off the helmet of Titans tight end Delanie Walker, then slammed his own helmet into Walker's head during Indianapolis' game against Tennessee on Thursday.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his hit on a defenseless receiver, Roddy White, against Atlanta on Sunday.

It was Goldson's third such violation this season. He was fined $30,000 for hitting a defenseless player in the head and neck area in Week 1, then was initially suspended for a game for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Week 2. That ban was changed to a $100,000 fine on appeal.


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