NFL fines Danny Amendola for hit on Chiefs' Jamell Fleming

In the Patriots' win over the Chiefs during the divisional round of the playoffs, a hit Danny Amendola laid on Kansas City special-teams player Jamell Fleming queued up the debate about targeting in the NFL. 

Amendola annihilated Fleming with a helmet-to-helmet hit with the Chiefs punting (and Amendola returning and Fleming attempting to down the ball inside the 10-yard line) and was flagged even though the hit was technically legal. Defenseless rules don't protect the kicking team.

Amendola wasn't just flagged for the hit, he's also been fined by the NFL, telling ESPN's Mike Reiss he got a letter from the league and intends to appeal.

Amendola didn't disclose exactly how much he was fined by the league for the hit, but there's a good chance it was north of $20,000. The 2015 NFL Schedule of Fines calls for $23,152 for a hit on a defenseless player.

This hit by Danny Amendola is perfectly legal. (CBS)
Amendola was fined for this hit on Fleming. (USATSI)
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