Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Friday for hitting New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in the head and neck area in the teams' season opener last Sunday.The NFL is cracking down, and players who have a history of such hits get escalated fines the more they do it. We understand that some of the incidents are almost impossible to avoid at the speed that these guys are playing, but the NFL is taking a hard-line stance about player safety and this is the way they've chosen to enforce it.
The hit, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty, resulted in Cumberland needing stitches to close a cut to his chin. It was also just one of a few plays in the Jets' 18-17 win that were fined by the league.
Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David was docked $7,875 for unnecessary roughness when he shoved Jets quarterback Geno Smith to the ground out of bounds - leading to the winning field goal by New York. Fellow linebacker Daniel Te'o-Nasheim was fined the same amount for a facemask penalty during a punt return.
Jets safety Dawan Landry was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness after he hit wide receiver Mike Williams - deemed a defenseless player - in the head and neck area after Williams caught a 17-yard touchdown pass.