NFL National Anthem Protests: Players Kneel, Raise Fists In Thursday Games

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Jefferson, Jackson and Brown were among the Seahawks players who sat during the anthem last season. It happened before the Dolphins game against the Buccaneers, and former Chief Albert Wilson was one of the players who took a knee.

Just before the start of Thursday night's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two Miami Dolphins players knelt on the sideline and another raised a fist.

"There has been no change in the NFL's policy regarding the national anthem", league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins resumed his protest against social inequality by raising his fist during the national anthem prior to Thursday's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The NFL's 32 team owners unanimously approved a new policy this offseason to require players to stand respectfully during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner", but the NFLPA appealed the rule.

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A dozen games were played Thursday night. Teammate Chris Long reportedly "placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder" during the song.

Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played and "spent the anthem walking toward the bench", the news outlet reported.

There were no other actions by either Seattle or Indianapolis players during the performance of anthem.

Several Jacksonville Jaguars players were not on the field for the playing of the anthem before their preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, according to The Florida Times Union.

It sparked a national discussion about patriotism, and drew sharp vitriol from President Trump, who condemned those who kneeled as disrespectful to America.

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