Eagles, 'Fins players protest during anthem

Eagles, 'Fins players protest during anthem

On Thursday night, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Wilson were sitting on the bench when the anthem began and then they took a knee.

Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates while Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist.

Robert Quinn, a defensive end for the Dolphins, raised his fist. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

Across the NFL, players followed former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season in protest of social injustice and racial inequality. The Dolphins issued a statement before training camp saying all options regarding the team's policy remain open.

Jenkins had stopped that practice during last season, after the National Football League owners made a financial commitment to the Players Coalition, a charity endeavor he co-founded to help end social injustice in this country.

Jenkins said he didn't know Bausby was going to join him.

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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.

"For me", he added, "this has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism but doing what we can to effect real change for real people".

All of the players on each team at New England appeared to stand for the national anthem, some bowing their heads and others placing their hands on their hearts.

The league noted that while players won't be disciplined, it expects all players on the field to stand during the presentation of the flag and the anthem.

The new policy was met with a lot of disdain from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), who stated that they were not consulted prior to the NFL's decision being publicized.

"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issue affecting our communities".

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