Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson saw the one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles, reduced to $100,000 on Wednesday, the league announced in a statement, via ESPN.
Goldson can practice with his team and will now be available for Sunday’s matchup with the New England Patriots.
After the decision, Goldson insisted he’s not a dirty player.
”I’m an aggressive player, we all know that. My intention is to never to go out and hurt anybody,” he said. ”I try to keep my hits within the rules. That’s what I’m going to do week in and week out; I’m going to try to get guys on the ground. But at the same time, I’ve got to be careful.”
The decision to reduce the punishment came down from Matt Birk, who handles appeals of discipline of on-field punishment for players for the league and NFL Players Association, according to Yahoo! Sports.
”The appeal went OK. I sat there and had a good argument, I felt,” said Goldson, who suspended one game without pay Monday for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
”I explained my side, and they went and explained the rules. We met halfway on the deal pretty much,” the two-time Pro Bowl selection said. ”The good thing is I’m not suspended. I get to play this week, which was the most important thing.”