Dashon Goldson wins his appeal, will play Sunday vs. Patriots
|09.18.13 at 10:24 am ET|
FOXBORO — Hard-hitting safety Dashon Goldson won his appeal of a one-game suspension for his hit on New Orleans running back Darren Sproles last Sunday and will be eligible to play this weekend against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. With his victory, Goldson was spotted heading out to practice on Wednesday, getting ready for the Patriots this Sunday.
Simultaneous with the overturning of the suspension, the NFL announced it is fining Goldson $100,000 for hit on Sproles and upheld his $30,000 fine from Week 1 for a hit on Jets quarterback Geno Smith.
Goldson signed a five year, $41.25 million contract in March, including $22 million guaranteed with Tampa Bay. He joins newly arrived cornerback Darrelle Revis and 43rd overall draft pick Johnathan Banks in the secondary.
Goldson will join safeties Ahmad Black and Mark Barron in the Buccaneers secondary.
“Well, Black’s been their third safety. He’s been their third safety in sub situations when they move Barron down [to a linebacker position],” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “It’s no different than a player that’s kind of questionable for the game. If they’re there, they’re there. If they’re not, they’re not. We’ve got to prepare for them and we’ve got to prepare for whoever the next person is. We go through that every week. We prepare for everybody. The first play of the game, the guy who’s in there could be out and it could be the next guy [in]. We’ve got to be ready for everybody and whoever it is, that’s who we compete against. We’re preparing for everybody at this point.”
This will be Goldson’s second trip to Foxboro in nine months as he was on the 49ers secondary that helped San Francisco hold on to a 38-31 win over the Patriots last December in Sunday Night Football.
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