Philadelphia Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby raised their fists in protest during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Thursday's (Aug 9) exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Some players held their fists in the air, while others chose to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.
The NFL issued a statement Thursday night saying they will continue to play the anthem before games.
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Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee, possibly setting off a new war of words between NFL players, fans divided between their love for football and their love for their country and even President Donald Trump. Teammate Chris Long reportedly "placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder" during the song.
Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.
Michael Bennett of the Eagles did not participate in the anthem and instead walked out of the tunnel and toward the bench while the anthem was sung, Bowen reported.
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The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem.
In Florida, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars did not show up on the field before their game against the New Orleans Saints until after the anthem was over, according to Florida-Times Union reporter Phillip Heilman.
The 2018 NFL preseason got underway in earnest Thursday night with 24 teams taking the field, and as such, the protest against racial and social injustice continued at a couple stadiums around the league. Earlier this year, the league said it would require players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room.
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