Colts' Dwayne Allen kneels during the anthem but says he isn't protesting

It started with Colin Kaepernick, but now many players -- both professional and amateur across the sports landscape -- take a knee during the national anthem to protest social inequality. Early in Sunday's Colts-Texans broadcast, cameras showed Colts tight end Dwayne Allen on one knee during the anthem and noted that he was the only player to do so.

Turns out, he wasn't protesting. Allen, as he's done four four years, was praying.

"I wanted to take the time to clear up something that was misreported by NBC," Allen explained in the video released by the team. "For every game of my career, I have taken a knee towards the end of our anthem to say a prayer for every man that steps foot on that field. Because of recent events, I have to stand here and explain to you why I'm kneeling on the field.

"After reviewing some of the comments, over the social media platforms, I realize that sometimes a few will spoil the bunch. But it was a vast majority that were expressing words of hate, not love, not devotion and not pride for our great nation.

"What I want most is for this world to be a better place for everyone who lives in it. For this country to be a better America for everyone that lives in it. And for those reasons, I'll continue to kneel, and I'll continue to pray. I love this country. I love everyone that lives in it. Go Colts."

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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