NEW YORK (AP) - Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's one game suspension has been reduced to a $100,000 fine for his hit on Darren Sproles of New Orleans.
The NFL announced the decision Wednesday by Matt Birk, who handles appeals of discipline of on-field punishment for players for the league and NFL Players Association.
Goldson was suspended one game without pay Monday for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players. This will allow him to play Sunday against New England.
He was penalized for unnecessary roughness in last week's game against New Orleans for the hit. It was Goldson's fifth violation for unnecessary roughness since 2011.
But Birk upheld a $30,000 fine for a Goldson hit in the opener against the New York Jets.