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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Goldson remains under NFL microscope

By Pat Yasinskas

Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson won his appeal, but that doesn’t mean he’s off the NFL’s radar.

Goldson avoided a one-game suspension when his appeal was successful Wednesday morning, although he will have to pay a $100,000 fine. He’s expected to practice today and play Sunday at New England. That’s good news for the Buccaneers, but it also means that Goldson’s every move will be scrutinized by the league.

Since 2010, Goldson has been called for 15 personal fouls, more than any other player during that span. The short-lived suspension was for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans’ Darren Sproles on Sunday.

But Goldson, who also was fined $30,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit in the season opener against the New York Jets, is still in a tenuous position with the NFL.

He dodged a suspension this time. But his history means the league will be keeping close tabs on him.

Goldson has to play smart and rein in his aggressive play. If he can’t do that, his next big hit almost certainly will result in a suspension.