The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rough start to the season just got even worse.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that safety Dashon Goldson was suspended one game by the NFL for his hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles on Sunday. It was a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player.

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather however is not expected to be suspended for his hit on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy according to Rapoport. A fine should be coming. Meriweather hasn't had a similar hit since 2010.

Goldson was suspended largely because this was his fifth such unnecessary roughness violation since 2011. He can't practice this week or play in the Buccaneers' game this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

"You had an unobstructed path to your opponent" NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks wrote in a letter to Goldson informing him of the suspension. "It is clear that you lowered your head and unnecessarily rammed the left side of your helmet into the left side of your opponent's head. You delivered a forceful blow with your helmet and made no attempt whatsoever to wrap up your opponent or make a conventional tackle on the play. This illegal contact clearly could have been avoided."