Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) defends New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) during the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Dashon Goldson Facing Possible Suspension After 15th Personal Foul in Last 4 Seasons

If you break the rules often enough, you’re eventually going to get caught. For Dashon Goldson, his years of launching, targeting, and using his head as a weapon may have finally caught up to him.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter Tweeted on Monday morning that the NFL is considering suspending Goldson as punishment for yet another helmet-to-helmet hit on Sunday. Here are the Tweets from Schefter.



15 personal foul penalties in just over three years is obviously cause for concern, and it’s clear that Goldson had no concern for the rules by repeating his actions against New Orleans despite earning a steep fine his hit against the New York Jets just a week prior.

Goldson leads with his helmet and becomes a flying, human battering ram far too often, endangering himself and the other players on the field. As we saw on Sunday for the Redskins versus the Packers, Brandon Meriweather knocked Eddie Lacy out of the game, followed by knocking himself out of the game, thanks to vicious hits to the head. Goldson is putting the health and future of other players in danger by keeping the crown of his helmet in play as a viable option for tackling and hitting players above the shoulders.

I understand that Goldson is known as a hard-hitter, and I don’t want him to lose that edge. But it’s obvious that he’s not going to change how he plays in regards to reckless penalties either. And that’s a problem.

Goldson had reached the point where he is going to be specifically targeted under the NFL’s rules, and he’s never going to get away with any borderline play for the rest of his career. The NFL does not want players dishing out unnecessary violent hits, so they’re going to come down hard on the players who continue to do so despite being flagged and fined over and over.

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