Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has had his one-game suspension overturned and reduced to a $100,000 fine, paving the way for him to turn out in the NFL against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Goldson had picked up the suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles on Sunday - his third penalty in two regular-season games for unnecessary roughness or helmet-to-helmet contact - but it was overturned in an appeal heard by former NFL center Matt Birk.
He was fined $30,000 last week for a hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in the Buccaneers' Week 1 game.
Goldson had a letter sent to him outlining the reason for the initial suspension. It read: "You had an unobstructed path to your opponent.
"It is clear that you lowered your head and unnecessarily rammed the left side of your helmet into the left side of your opponents head.
"You delivered a forceful blow with your helmet and made no attempt whatsoever to wrap up your opponent or make a conventional tackle on the play. This illegal contact clearly could have been avoided."
The ban was overturned in time for Goldson to participate in Wednesday's practice in preparation for Sunday's trip to face Tom Brady' Patriots.
The one-game suspension would have cost Goldson in the around $265,000.
The league rescinded a one-game suspension last season against then-Ravens safety Ed Reed, who instead faced a $50,000 fine.
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