NFL players protest during U.S. national anthem in pre-season games

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National anthem protests returned to the NFL Thursday, as two Miami Dolphins players took a knee and one of their teammates raised a fist during "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of the team's preseason opener.

Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Rams. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

Several NFL players have protested during the USA national anthem before pre-season games.

NFL players continued to protest the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began its first full week of the 2018 preseason. The Dolphins issued a statement before training camp saying all options regarding the team's policy remain open.

Quinn said: "As a black man in this world, I've got an obligation to raise awareness".

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. "Albert Wilson joined him in protest".

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Franchise owners agreed on a policy earlier this year that requires players to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner if they are on the field. While those discussions continue, the National Football League has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.

Stills has routinely knelt for the anthem during his time with the team.

Further protests took place in Jacksonville, where four players for the Jaguars also stayed in the dressing room. "In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy".

The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem.

"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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