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NFL: Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized

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Following a pick six in Monday night's blowout win, Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, slid on his knees and bowed in prayer in the end zone.

The prayer drew a 15-yard penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, for "going to the ground" while celebrating after a score. There are exceptions made for religious prayer in the rule -- like Tim Tebow's kneeling.

Abdullah said following the game he thought he was penalized for the slide prior to his prayer.

However, Michael Signora, the NFL's vice president of football communication, said Tuesday morning that refs erred in flagging Abdullah.

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