Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida
By ANDREW ASTLEFORD  |  Last updated 9/18/13
TAMPA, Fla. Dashon Goldson will play this week, after all. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety won his appeal of a one-game suspension and is eligible to practice with his team Wednesday and play in a Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. On Monday, the league suspended Goldson for a flagrant and repeat violation of player safety rules after a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks had communicated the suspension in a letter to Goldson that said, in part, "You had an unobstructed path to your opponent. It is clear that you lowered your head and unnecessarily rammed the left side of your helmet into the left side of your opponent's head. ... This illegal contact clearly could have been avoided." Goldson has drawn 15 personal fouls from 2010 until Monday, more than any other player in the NFL. He was fined 30,000 for a blow he delivered on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland during a Week 1 loss at MetLife Stadium. Goldson, 28, signed a five-year, 41.25 million deal with the Bucs in the offseason. On Monday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the team considered the seven-year veteran's physical history before signing him. "When we made the decision to bring Dashon here, that was not a concern," Schiano said. "Was I aware that he was a big hitter? Yes. And it's not a concern now. ... He's trying to do the right thing, but he has to lower his target point. Sometimes the target point moves while you're trying to hit so that means you even have to go lower still. He certainly is trying. It's not one of those, 'Oh, I don't care.' He's very aware and trying." Now, Goldson will receive a chance to show as much against New England. You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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