By Tom Krasniqi
The NFL is serious about player safety and the Bucs found that out late Monday afternoon.
The league has suspended Bucs safety Dashon Goldson one game for his repeated helmet-to-helmet hits. The latest came on Sunday against Saints running back Darren Sproles during the Bucs' 16-14 home loss to New Orleans. Goldson is appealing. An expedited hearing will take place this week. If he loses the appeal, he will sit out Sunday's game at New England.
The hit took place during the early stages of the second quarter on a pass play over the middle. Goldson lowered his head and struck Sproles on an incomplete pass. Goldson was flagged for a personal foul, one of three charged to the Bucs yesterday.
Goldson's suspension is without pay. Since 2010, Goldson leads the NFL with 15 personal foul penalties.
Goldson was fined $30,000 last week after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. Goldson said last week that he won't change his hard-hitting style. But head coach Greg Schiano said on Monday that his team has to "lower the strike zone" in order to avoid future penalties.