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Commissioner Roger Goodell said he had not yet seen Birk’s decision, but noted that Goldson received a “substantial fine” that shows “a violation of the rule has consequences.”

“Players are adapting to the rules and techniques,” Goodell said, adding “the culture doesn’t change overnight.”

Goldson was an All-Pro last season with San Francisco, helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl. He joined Tampa Bay as a free agent, signing a five-year, $41.25 million contract.

If the seventh-year pro’s suspension had been upheld it would have cost Goldson $264,705 in salary.

Coach Greg Schiano welcomed the news that Goldson would be able to play Sunday.

Dashon’s become a big part of our defense, obviously. It’s great that we have him back. We’re fortunate,” the coach said, adding the coaching staff will continue to work with players and make sure they adhere to the rules.

“I don’t want to be in this position. I know he doesn’t want to be in this position,” Schiano said. “It’s something we’ve got to work very hard on. … We’ve got to get it corrected because we can’t afford to lose him, and we want to play the game within the rules.”

The Bucs have committed a league-high 23 penalties for 220 yards in two games. They’ve been flagged for six personal fouls _ five for helmet-to-helmet contact and the other for a late hit on Jets quarterback Geno Smith.

Goldson said he will remain aggressive, adding that he made a name for himself in the NFL with a good, clean hard play.

“It’s just unfortunate these last two weeks that I’m a dirty player all of a sudden,” Goldson said. “It is what it is. I’m going to continue to do me, but just be smart at the same time.”


AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this story.


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