We recently noted that Dashon Goldson was held out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers voluntary minicamp last month and now we know the reason why.
According to Ian Rapoport of nfl.com, Goldson had ankle surgery.
#Bucs star safety Dashon Goldson had offseason ankle surgery, source says. It knocks him out of all spring work. Hope is he’s back for camp
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 7, 2014
It doesn’t appear as though Goldson is under threat to miss any playing time as he is due to be back in time for training camp.
Goldson is the Bucs starting free safety and the only backup on the roster is Keith Tandy. While the Bucs aren’t pressed for help at safety, adding depth at the position could be something they address in the later rounds in this week’s draft or through signing undrafted free agents once the draft concludes.
The 29-year-old signed with the Bucs last off-season but suspensions and fines for illegal hits, some of which were justified, while others were not, marred his first season in Tampa.
He was also flagged in-game numerous times for said hits, hurting his team in the process and costing his side the opportunity to get off the field.
Goldson didn’t play terrible for the Bucs, far from it, last season. He had 72 tackles and made one interception while breaking up eight passes. However, he wasn’t quite the player that he was previously in San Francisco.
Under new defensive co-ordinator Leslie Frazer, and defensive minded head coach Lovie Smith, the hope is that Goldson can eliminate the mental lapses and be the dominant, physical safety that he is.