NFL players kneel during national anthem before first preseason game

NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson of Dolphins first to kneel for anthem in 2018

The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, along with wide receiver Albert Wilson, knelt during the anthem before a home game against Tampa Bay.

In July, the NFL chose to suspend its new anthem policy which required all players on the field to stand for the national anthem.

Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played and "spent the anthem walking toward the bench", the news outlet reported.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins resumed his national anthem protest prior to the Eagles' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, raising his fist in the air along with teammate De'Vante Bausby, per 97.3's John McMullen.

In Florida, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars did not show up on the field before their game against the New Orleans Saints until after the anthem was over, according to Florida-Times Union reporter Phillip Heilman.

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.

Thursday marked the first full slate of exhibition games. Many vowed to risk the fine and continue protesting, despite the policy.

The gestures from Stills, Wilson and Quinn come just a day after the Dolphins organization submitted a nine-page disciplinary document to the National Football League that included a section called "Proper Anthem Conduct", according to the Sun-Sentinel. The two sides are working together to come up with a compromise, which means new rules will not be issued or enforced while discussions are ongoing.

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