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What will NFL protests mean for free agents?

HOUSTON, TX (NBC Sports) - A report has emerged saying the Houston Texans will not sign players who protested during the national anthem, although Houston has disputed the accuracy of the report.

Jerome Solomon, a sports columnist for the Houston Chronicle, is quoted as saying, "I spoke with 2 NFL agents this week who said word is that Texans aren't interested in any players who participated in pre-game kneel downs and protests of police brutality."

The Texans also made waves last year when owner Bob McNair said during an ownership meeting, "we can't have the inmates running the prison."

In response, the Houston Texans have released an official statement saying, "A recent report that suggested the Houston Texans would not sign a player who has protested in support of social justice issues is categorically false and without merits.  The Texans ownership, coaching, personnel, and executive staff sign and hire employees based on talent, character, and fit within our organization."

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