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Players kneel, raise fists during national anthem at NFL preseason games

Players kneel, raise fists during national anthem at NFL preseason games

In addition to Jenkins, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the anthem.

Jefferson, Jackson and Brown were among the Seahawks players who sat during the anthem last season.

During pregame warmups, multiple Eagles players wore T-shirts raising awareness about voter registration and prison populations.

The NFL modified its national anthem protocol in May, prohibiting any sort of demonstrations for the 2018 season, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they chose to. The Daily News said Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists.

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"Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL's policy regarding the national anthem".

The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night.

After withstanding two seasons of backlash against players kneeling, raising fists and displaying other means of protest during the anthem, the National Football League said it would fine teams with protesting players directly, who in turn would have it in their discretion to enforce pregame anthem observations in their own ways.

No players knelt during the anthem that night. Teammate Chris Long reportedly "placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder" during the song. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. The NFL instituted a new policy in March that banned kneeling, but the policy was suspended as the league and NFLPA try and work toward a compromise.