Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem

Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem

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. Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Rams.

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, a frequent protestor a year ago when he played for the Seattle Seahawks, walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played.

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

Earlier this summer, the National Football League ordered players to stay in the locker room if they meant to kneel for the anthem.

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In Philadelphia, where the world champs played the Pittsburgh Steelers, Eagles captain and safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem. The three players - Quinton Jefferson, Branden Jackson and Duane Brown - quickly ran out to join the team after the anthem was complete. The players included Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon.

The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night. Many vowed to risk the fine and continue protesting, despite the policy.

The anthem controversy has been rumbling since 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem to draw attention to racial injustice. Players who do not want to stand during the anthem are allowed to remain in the locker room (or in the tunnel) without facing punishment. In July, the league and players association jointly announced that the new rule was "frozen" until further notice.

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