The NFL is very serious about protecting it's players. If the sport is going to survive safety has to be rule one. All Saints fans are well aware of this policy. Now it seems Tampa Bay will also be aware of the policy as they lose a starting safety for their next game.

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According to the Associated Press Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

We all saw the vicious head to head hit he put on Darren Sproles in last weeks Saints victory over Tampa Bay. The Bucs are now 0-2 and losing a starting safety will hurt their chances to get their first win.

Goldson can't even practice with the team this week. Last week he was  fined $30,000 for striking a defenseless player in the head during a game against the New York Jets. Maybe bone head plays like these are the reason the Bucs are 0-2 on the new season.

The Associated Press also reports the violation was Goldson's fifth for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and his second in the first two weeks of the 2013 season.