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Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely was fined $7,875 for a late hit against the Miami Dolphins.
Feely was flagged for unnecessary roughness after he hit a Dolphins player after he kicked the ball out of the end zone for a touchback. Feely said that he was just trying to run down the field to defend the kick just like everyone else on the team.
Our Cardinals site Revenge of the Birds has a quote from Feely about why he hit the Dolphins player on the kickoff:
"On a kickoff, I'm allowed to hit him in the back and I did that and the refs talked to me later and said 'it was a touchback, you shouldn't have done that'. I didn't know it was a touchback, I'm trying to get a block. I was just glad they didn't score. Anytime you do that you feel responsible for putting yourself in bad field position."
Feely was able to atone for his penalty, as he kicked the game winning 46 yard field goal with eight and a half minutes left in overtime.