The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some good news as they get ready to face the Patriots on Sunday: Safety Dashon Goldson won't be suspended after all.
In a bit of a surprise, Goldson's appeal of a one-game suspension worked. He'll still get fined $100,000, but won't miss this week's game for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles, the Buccaneers announced. Perhaps the appeals process for on-field conduct, headed by former NFL center Matt Birk and former longtime NFL assistant Ted Cottrell, will be beneficial to the players. Last year, then-Baltimore safety Ed Reed had a suspension turned into a fine.
Goldson's fine is no joke, considering it matches the record fine given out to Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh earlier this season, but Goldson was looking to lose one game check worth $264,705 if he was suspended.
The league will be watching repeat violator Goldson closely after this. Already this season he has been fined $30,000 for a hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in Week 1 and $100,000 for that hit on Sproles in Week 2, and has a history of illegal hits. His 15 personal foul penalties since 2010 are the most for any NFL player.
Goldson will get to play on Sunday. He'll just have to watch himself. It's unlikely he'd be able to talk his way out of a suspension a second time.