Saints RB Darren Sproles: Goldson ‘tried to hurt me — but didn’t’

Associated Press photo by BRIAN BLANCO -- Saints tailback Darren Sproles runs for several yards during last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Sproles said Thursday that Bucs safety Dashon Goldson tried to hurt him with a helmet-to-helmet hit. Show caption
Associated Press photo by BRIAN BLANCO -- Saints tailback Darren Sproles runs for several yards during last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Sproles said Thursday that Bucs safety Dashon Goldson tried to hurt him with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Also: Bucs S Black says he’s fined for hit on Graham

Asked about the helmet-to-helmet hit he took Sunday from Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles on Thursday said, “He tried to hurt me on the play — but he didn’t, so it’s all good.”

Sproles also said Goldson’s history shows the safety “tries ... a lot of dirty hits, but that’s football, though,” in a brief interaction with reporters in the locker room at the Saints’ training facility in Metairie.

The NFL suspended Goldson for one game following his hit on Sproles at the end of an incomplete pass during the Saints’ 16-14 win over Tampa Bay in Week 2. Goldson’s suspension came one week after he was fined $30,000 for hitting a defenseless player in the season opener with the New York Jets.

Goldson successfully appealed the league’s suspension and was instead fined $100,000 for a repeat violation of the player safety rules. The hit on the 5-foot-6, 190-pound Sproles was Goldson’s fifth violation for unnecessary roughness since 2011.

Sproles finished the game against the Bucs with a total of 62 yards on 13 offensive touches.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday, Bucs safety Ahmad Black told media in Tampa Bay that he was fined $21,000 for his late hit Sunday on Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.

Black hit Graham at the Bucs’ 49 on a deep pass with 2:09 left in the second quarter and drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.