The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed back safety Dashon Goldson against the Miami Dolphins after missing two games due to injury, and he has been back for the Buccaneers first two victories of the season. But it’s unlikely that Goldson and the Bucs will get a third chance at winning together on Sunday against the Lions, because yet another personal foul penalty has placed Goldson on the NFL’s naughty list.
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Goldson’s penalty came on a pass to Roddy White, and Goldson led with a lowered head and his helmet struck the helmet of the Atlanta receiver.
This is the second time this season for Goldson to be handed a suspension, and while he was able to successfully appeal the first, he will likely find this suspension harder to overturn. It’s the third offense for Goldson this season that has merited “after the game” punishment from the NFL.
Goldson had his best game as a Buccaneer on Sunday against Atlanta, earning an interception and a forced fumble despite the boneheaded helmet-to-helmet hit. He did not seem hesitant at all, and continued to play the way he knows how to play after the penalty.
Keith Tandy will likely start in Goldson’s place, and there may be no bigger drop-off in talent at a position on defense than the drop from Goldson to Tandy. And considering that the Buccaneers will face the high-powered Detroit Lions offense on Sunday, Goldson’s absence may be felt more than it would be against lesser opposition.