NFL Says Kansas City Chiefs Player Shouldn't Have Been Penalized for Prayer

The NFL said Husain Abdullah didn't show unsportsmanlike conduct.

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"Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ABC News in a statement.

He said he NFL's Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) states "players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground."

"However, the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play," the NFL's statement read.

Abdullah speculated to the Kansas City Star that the referee may not have liked that he slid on both knees.

Here are some NFL players who weren't penalized for kneeling:

1. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

2. Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos

3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

4. James Jones, Green Bay Packers

5. Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings

6. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans

7. Domenik Hixon, New York Giants

8. Plaxico Burress, New York Giants

9. Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos