Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson told reporters in Tampa on Wednesday that he received a "pretty significant" fine from the league for his hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. He was flagged for a personal foul on the play, which resulted in Cumberland leaving the game temporarily to receive stitches in his chin.
Goldson didn't strike with his head -- it was his shoulder -- but Cumberland was considered a "defenseless" receiver. Goldson said 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. It is what it is, and we'll get to that when it's time for it."