Several NFL players protest during national anthem

Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem receiving support from Chris Long

Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem receiving support from Chris

To be clear, only two players took a knee during the anthem and they were on the same team. And in Miami, two Dolphins - Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson - took a knee. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

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

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a leader of the movement, tweeted support for Stills and Wilson.

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"This is not going to become a distraction in Jacksonville, this is not going to be a distraction for this team".

"As a man I gotta stand for something". "I think part of the problem is that when you continue the rhetoric that this is controversial or this is somehow a negative thing, people treat it as such", he said.

Malcolm Jenkins has resumed a habit he had discontinued for awhile last season during the national anthem.

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The NFL policy says a club will be fined if team members on the field during the anthem do not stand, and that the commissioner "will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".

But the rule that the owners have subsequently tried to push through in the offseason that would require players to stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room until it's over led to a change in his thinking.

The NFL added that they "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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