Kenny Stills and 2 other Dolphins protest during national anthem

Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles raises his fist during the national anthem as Chris Long #56 puts his arm around him prior to the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins' Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt, while defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist.

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

In Seattle, three Seahawks also declined to take the field. "We won't let it stop what we stand for".

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.

Last year, President Trump condemned players who refused to stand for the anthem, calling for fans to boycott National Football League games unless teams did something to stop the protests.

A dozen games were played Thursday night but it was not immediately clear how many saw signs of protest.

Jenkins met with Reverend Jesse Jackson when Jackson visited the team this week.

"For Malcolm, I don't want to put words in his mouth, but when you talk about symbolic protests or whatever, or drawing attention to causes through symbolism, I think you have to go back and forth because you're like, 'well this isn't moving the needle necessarily, it's about action.' But Malcom can always rest assured that he's taking action and he's working working in the community like a lot of these guys are doing".

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. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at the time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem.

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.

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