When the league sent out the press release to announce the move, it contained a surprise. Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson also was suspended one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. The suspensions were imposed by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks.
"I'm an aggressive player, we all know that, across the league," Goldson said in September via the Buccaneers' official website. "My intentions are never to go out and hurt anyone. I try to keep my hits within the rules. That's what I'm going to do week in and week out, try to get guys on the ground, [but] at the same time, I've got to be careful."
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on NFL Network's "Around the League Live" that Goldson and Walden indeed will appeal their suspensions, per sources.