Players Protest During Anthem in Preseason, NFL Statement Says Players 'Expected to Stand'
The NFL preseason is underway, and player protests against police brutality and racial injustice have continued after many policy discussions during the offseason.
In May, NFL owners voted to settle the national anthem debate by removing a requirement for players to be on the field during the national anthem.
Under the new rule, players and team personnel need to stand and "show respect for the flag and the Anthem" when on the field. Anyone who chooses to not stand for the anthem can stay in the locker room. Teams will be fined by the league if someone does not "show respect" and can choose to punish their players as well.
The NFLPA filed a grievance challenging the NFL's new anthem policy on July 10. Nine days later, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement saying that the two parties had reached "a standstill agreement" over the matter.
After players protested Thursday night, the NFL released a statement, courtesty of NFL.com, to say that the league's anthem policy is still on hold during discussions with the NFLPA.
Here is a list of players and teams that protested during the national anthem on Thursday and Friday:
Steelers vs. Eagles
Saints vs. Jaguars
The Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey,Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon were not on the field with the rest of the team for the national anthem.
Buccaneers vs. Dolphins
The Dolphins' Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem.
Dolphins DE Robert Quinn raised his fist in protest during the anthem.
49ers vs. Cowboys
49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin raised his first before the game.
Raiders vs. Lions
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on the bench during the national anthem.