Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ safety Dashon Goldson will once again avoid suspension despite earning yet another personal foul penalty for a hit on a defenseless receiver, as the Tampa Bay Times confirmed the NFL will not force Goldson to sit out the Bucs’ Week 6 game against the Eagles.
The NFL will not suspend S Dashon Goldson for his hit on a defenseless receiver Sunday, the Times confirmed.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 30, 2013
Goldson’s possible suspension would have left the Buccaneers perilously thin at safety should Mark Barron be injured for a prolonged period of time. Barron left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and did not return.
And while Goldson avoided suspension this time, he needs to be sure to avoid punishable contact as much as possible, because he’s on the verge of seriously hurting his team by being suspended for what is a largely avoidable offense. Goldson needs to aim lower be diligent to not use his helmet, something he’s done a better job of in recent weeks but still must remain a point of emphasis.
The worst case scenario for Goldson would be to continue to rack up penalties this season, when the Buccaneers are struggling, and have an even worse reputation and an even greater chance of being punished in future seasons when the Buccaneers are contending and playing important games every week. Goldson is too valuable to this team to be on the verge of suspension after every big hit.