NFL suspends head-hunting Bucs safety Dashon Goldson

Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was suspended one game by the league for a

Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was suspended one game by the league for a "flagrant and repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenceless players." (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

Tampa Bay's head hunter will watch his teammates play the New England Patriots on TV, like the rest of us.

The NFL on Monday suspended reckless Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson without pay this week, for a "flagrant and repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenceless players."

Goldson, 28, played his first six years in San Francisco before signing a $41.25-million, five-year deal with the Bucs in March. The loss of a week's salary amounts to a $265,000 fine.

Goldson is furthermore prevented from taking part in any team activities this week.

In the second quarter of Sunday's game against New Orleans, the NFL said Goldson made a direct, helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenceless receiver.

This is Goldson's fifth violation for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and his second in as many weeks to open this season.


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