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Dashon Goldson fined for hit on Jeff Cumberland

Jeff Cumberland (87) gets the ball knocked out

Jeff Cumberland (87) gets the ball knocked out on a hit from Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson, right, and outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas in the first half. (Sept. 8, 2013) Credit: AP

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson said Wednesday he was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium. Goldson didn’t say how much the fine was for, but described the amount as “pretty significant.”

Goldson was flagged for a personal foul when he hit Cumberland. The Bucs’ safety, signed in the off-season as an unrestricted free agent from San Francisco, leveled Cumberland, who was considered a “defenseless receiver” on the play.

Goldson said he believes the hit was clean.

“The refs have a tough job, they got to call it like they see it," he said. “But I got to play it, I got to play football ... I play the game to win, I can't play timid. If I play timid, then it's a touchdown, I'm the last man of defense mostly.

“The game is tough as it is, and then you got to go ahead and think about what's a clean hit and what's a dirty hit,” he said. “It is what it is, and we'll get to that when it's time for it.”

Goldson said the fine was “definitely not” as much as the $100,000 fine Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was hit with for an illegal block on a Vikings’ offensive lineman in Sunday’s game. 

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