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Tampa Bay’s Dashon Goldson is fined $30,000
Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson, a former Washington Husky, has been fined $30,000 by the league for hitting tight end Jeff Cumberland of the New York Jets in the head and neck area.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK – Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson, a former Washington Husky, has been fined $30,000 by the league for hitting tight end Jeff Cumberland of the New York Jets in the head and neck area in the season opener for both teams Sunday.
The hit, which drew an unnecessary-roughness penalty, resulted in Cumberland needing stitches to his chin.
Goldson, an All-Pro for the San Francisco 49ers last season, signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract with the Bucs in March.
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $15,000 for a late hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the opener. Matthews drew a personal-foul penalty in the 49ers’ 34-28 victory Sunday after he tackled Kaepernick out of bounds deep in Green Bay territory during the second quarter.
A fracas between players from both teams followed on the sideline when Matthews and 49ers left tackle Joe Staley began pushing and shoving.
San Francisco receiver Anquan Boldin was docked $7,875 for a late hit on Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush in the third quarter, while 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $12,750 for a roughing-the-passer call.
Carolina defensive end Frank Alexander was hit with a $15,750 fine for throwing a punch at Seattle offensive lineman Breno Giacomini. Alexander was ejected from Sunday’s game, which the Seahawks won 12-7.
Ex-Husky Reece signs extension
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece, an ex-Washington Husky, signed a three-year contract extension.
According to media reports, the 28-year-old’s deal is worth slightly more than $13 million, with $7.2 million guaranteed.
“It’s another step to my goal — being a Raider for life,” Reece said.
Reece, who wasn’t drafted, caught 52 passes for 496 yards last season and rushed for 271 yards on 59 carries. He expressed loyalty to the team’s late owner, Al Davis, and said, “Al Davis believed in me more than I did myself at times, and it meant a lot to me.”
• Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald was limited in practice for the third straight day and is listed as questionable for the Cardinals’ home opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Coach Bruce Arians said Fitzgerald “tweaked” a hamstring in practice on Wednesday. Fitzgerald, in his 10th season, has missed four games in his pro career.
• St. Louis defensive end Chris Long did not practice and coach Jeff Fisher said Long is questionable for Sunday’s game at Atlanta with hip soreness.
Long has posted double-digit sack totals the last two seasons and has played in 81 consecutive games, the third-longest streak among defensive ends.
• Indianapolis running back Vick Ballard will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered in practice Thursday.