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Goldson delivers another illegal hit

Tampa Bay Bucaneers v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Dashon Goldson #38 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to their game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

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Bucs safety Dashon Goldson will be making another contribution to the Human Fund.

Two weeks ago, Goldson was suspended by the NFL after his latest illegal hit on a defenseless receiver. Matt Birk overturned the suspension on appeal, but imposed a $100,000 fine. Coupled with a $30,000 fine from Week One, Goldson had lost half a game check in the first two weeks of action.

Now, he could be losing an entire game check.

Goldson delivered another illegal hit in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

Though the Cardinals already were in field-goal range after receiver Jaron Brown caught the ball at the Tampa 19, the hit moved Arizona to the Tampa nine.

Goldson has a clear strategic reason to disregard player safety. If Goldson had dislodged the ball, the Cardinals would have still been at the Tampa 38, and on the fringes of field-goal range.

But Goldson wasn’t able to break up the catch, or to avoid the flag.

At a minimum, he won’t avoid the fine. If the league is willing to risk having a suspension overturned again, don’t be surprised if the NFL takes another shot at suspending a guy who keeps taking illegal shots at opposing players.