Miami Dolphins Players Kneel For Anthem During NFL Preseason Opener

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Miami Dolphins Players Kneel For Anthem During NFL Preseason Opener

The Miami Dolphins' Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both knelt during the anthem ahead of their preseason opener game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Miami Herald sports reporter Adam Beasely.

It has been almost two years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the anthem in protest of social injustices, sparking a movement among players like Stills and Wilson.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem on Thursday. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

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.

After a quiet Hall of Fame game last week in which there were no protests, there were several demonstrations in the first full week of preseason games on Thursday, including kneel-downs and fists in the air.

And in Seattle, three Seahawks players ran into the team's locker room prior to the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

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. The league has been under pressure from President Trump and his followers to take action against players who take a knee in a silent protest against racism.

The NFL introduced a new national anthem policy this season.

It was a show of solidarity with the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, launched by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in May.

The NFL made a decision to put a temporary hold on the implementation of that policy while it meets with the players' union to find a solution.

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

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