(CBS SPORTS) -- When NFL free agency starts on March 14, it appears that the Texans are going to actively avoid signing any players who have protested during the national anthem over the past two years.

At least that's the word from two NFL agents who spoke with the Houston Chroniclethis week. According to the agents, "the Texans aren't interested in any players who participated in pregame kneel-downs" during the national anthem. Multiple players across the NFL have knelt during the anthem over the past two years to protest racial injustice and police brutality against minorities.

The Texans vehemently denied the report in a statement released on Monday night.

"A recent report that suggests the Houston Texans would not sign a player who has protested in support of social justice issues is categorically false and without merit," Texans spokeswoman Amy Palcic said in a statement. "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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