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Bucs safety Goldson won't be suspended for hit

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm •  Published: September 30, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dashon Goldson won't be suspended for his hit on Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown, but the Tampa Bay safety could be fined.

Merton Hanks, the NFL's vice president of football operations, said Monday the play that occurred in Sunday's game is being re-examined for a helmet-to-helmet hit, but it won't warrant a suspension.

Any fine figures to be hefty after Goldson was docked $100,000 for a hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles earlier this season. Originally, Goldson was suspended for one game, but that suspension was overturned on appeal by hearing officer Matt Birk, a former NFL center.

Since the 2009 season, Goldson has been called for a league-high 16 personal fouls. He joined the Buccaneers from the 49ers as a free agent this season.

Goldson, an All-Pro last year, was fined $30,000 for a hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in Week 1 this season. If his suspension without pay for helmet-to-helmet contact on Sproles on Sept. 15 had been upheld, it would have cost him $264,705 in salary.

On Sunday, Goldson was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit above the shoulders on Brown, who made a leaping 19-yard catch and was in a defenseless position when he was struck along the sideline. The penalty moved the ball to the Bucs 9, setting up Arizona's go-ahead field goal in a 13-10 victory.

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