Many of Texans players kneel during national anthem in protest of owner

Week 8 Preview: Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks

A majority of Houston Texans players knelt during the national anthem on Sunday to protest controversial comments made by team owner Bob McNair.

There was a big protest during the playing of the national anthem in Seattle on Sunday, but it had nothing to do with social justice issues. In the first statement Friday morning, he said he regretted using the word "inmates" as part of a figure of speech, and he never intended for it to refer to his players.

"I know they were upset", McNair told the Houston Chronicle. "I wanted to answer their questions". "I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years".

The Seattle Seahawks seem to be hitting their stride as we wrap up the first half of the 2017 National Football League season, and they'll look to extend their winning streak to four games against the Houston on Texans to head into the midway point of the year on a high note.

Six players visibly protested at the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles, The Associated Press reported, and San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung raised a fist during the anthem before a game in MA. Superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins skipped practice on Friday, as did running back D'Onta Foreman.

While some players stood for the anthem by the bench, many knelt along the sideline. He also reportedly apologized during the meeting in which the comment was made.

ESPN said McNair later apologized to Vincent.

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