Goldson fined for hit on Cumberland

September, 12, 2013
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson told reporters in Tampa on Wednesday that he received a "pretty significant" fine from the league for his hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. He was flagged for a personal foul on the play, which resulted in Cumberland leaving the game temporarily to receive stitches in his chin.

Goldson didn't strike with his head -- it was his shoulder -- but Cumberland was considered a "defenseless" receiver. Goldson said the hit was clean.

"The refs have a tough job, they got to call it like they see it," he said. “But I got to play it, I got to play football ... I play the game to win, I can't play timid. If I play timid, then it's a touchdown, I'm the last man of defense mostly.

“The game is tough as it is, and then you got to go ahead and think about what's a clean hit and what's a dirty hit. It is what it is, and we'll get to that when it's time for it."

Cumberland will play Thursday night. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) won't. No word yet on whether safety Mark Barron was fined for his hit on Kerley.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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