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Texans send a message to their owner

SEATTLE — All but 10 members of the Texans took a knee during the national anthem Sunday as the vast majority of the team protested its owner's "inmates running the prison" comment.

The Texans had indicated there would be some type of protest after the recent comments made by owner Bob McNair.

McNair issued an apology Friday and another Saturday attempting to explain his comments after a story in ESPN the Magazine revealed that he said "we can't have the inmates running the prison" during a meeting of NFL owners about players protests.

The entire team took the field about 10 minutes kickoff against the Seahawks. When the anthem started, the majority of the active roster (approximately 43 players) took a knee.

It appeared all of the black players on Houston's roster took a knee, while at least one white player — linebacker Ben Heeney — also knelt.

The majority of Seattle's defensive line continued to sit as it has for most of the season. Before Sunday, very few Texans had been protesting other than on Sept. 24, when 200 players around the league protested after President Donald Trump's criticism.

In related news, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins says the next proposed meeting between the owners and players to discuss social justice initiatives has been canceled.

"The league didn't accept our invitation," Jenkins said.

NFL players proposed to meet today in Philadelphia. Jenkins said the league cited scheduling issues.

The league and players met last week in New York to discuss player demonstrations during the national anthem and other issues.

Jenkins, one of the founders of The Players Coalition, said the owners and players should meet to discuss alternative ways players can get their message out.

"They want to get back to football; we want to move past anthem demonstrations," Jenkins said. "But to do that, we need to be able to replace the platform that we have."

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