The NFL has taken the one-game suspension given to Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Darren Goldson and reduced it to a $100,000 fine as of Sept. 18, 2013. The suspension was originally given to Goldson for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles in the Saints 16-14 win over the Buccaneers.
A statement from the NFL on Wednesday confirmed that Goldson did win his appeal of the one-game suspension. This makes him eligible to play on Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Since 2010, the Bucs' safety has 15 personal fouls, more than any other NFL player. Since 2010, Goldson has also been fined a total of $71,750 and that includes multiple helmet-to-helmet hits. This will take his total up to $171,750 total.
Through two games this season, Goldson's total fines amount to $130,000.
The discipline for Goldson was reduced by Matt Birk, an independent appeals officer appointed by the NFL and the NFLPA.
"Birk is jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFL Players Association to hear and decide appeals for on-field player discipline," the league's statement said.
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