Bucs safety Dashon Goldson fined $60,000 for helmet-to-helmet hit

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson was fined for this helmet-to-helmet hit on Rams receiver Stedman Bailey in Sunday's game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was fined $60,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit against St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey last Sunday. However, he avoided a second suspension this season.

The contact, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty, occurred early in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 23-13 victory at the Edward Jones Dome. Bailey caught a pass from Kellen Clemens, and contact was made at Tampa Bay’s 12-yard line. Four plays later, St. Louis extended its lead to 20-13 on a 25-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein.

”That’s ‘bang-bang,’ ” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said of Goldson’s contact Monday. ”He had no way of avoiding that, other than settling down on a guy and possibly missing him or hurting himself. So on that play, it’s unfortunate that it happened. But as soon as it happened, it wasn’t like I’m standing there screaming ‘No way!’ The way it’s being called, that is going to get called 100 out of 100 times. It’s unfortunate, but it happened.”

Goldson, 29, has found himself in trouble many times this season, his first with Tampa Bay. Before the latest incident, Goldson had been fined for hits in Week 1 against the New York Jets, Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints, and he was suspended one game for a hit against Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in Week 11.