The NFL on Monday suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson without pay for one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans' Darren Sproles during Sunday's win by the Saints.
NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks told Goldson of the suspension in a letter:
"You had an unobstructed path to your opponent," Hanks wrote. "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. 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."
The Pro Bowl safety already has been flagged twice this season for helmet-to-helmet hits. The league fined Goldson $30,000 for the helmet-to-helmet hit he laid on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in Week 1. He has been flagged five times since 2011 for unnecessary roughness.
The suspension means Goldson not only cannot play in Week 3, he cannot practice with the team this week. He can resume team activities on Sept. 23.
Goldson, who played for the San Francisco 49ers last year, has not indicated if he will appeal the suspension. He has three days to decide.