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NFL upholds suspension for Bucs’ Goldson

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Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2013 at 08:22 AM

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson’s latest violation of the NFL’s safety rules will cost him more than just a sizeable paycheck.

After hearing Goldson’s plea for leniency, NFL appeals official Ted Cottrell on Tuesday upheld the one-game suspension Goldson earned for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons receiver Roddy White on Sunday.

The ruling prohibits Goldson from practicing with the Bucs for a week and requires that he sit out Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions and All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

The ruling also requires Goldson to surrender his $265,000 paycheck for this week. He already had received league fines totaling $130,000 for two previous illegal hits this year.

Goldson’s absence this week will mark the third time he has missed a game this season. He previously missed games against Carolina and Seattle with a sore knee.

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