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Malcolm Jenkins Resumes Protest By Raising Fist During National Anthem

Malcolm Jenkins Resumes Protest By Raising Fist During National Anthem

There also were at least two players who took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

The players' union filed a grievance about the policy change, and late last month, the new policy was put on hold while the NFL and NFL Players Association work on a resolution.

Several NFL players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played Thursday night before preseason games.

According to the new policy, players who do not participate in the anthem are allowed to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

Kaepernick applauded the Dolphins players shortly after the display for their protest of "systemic oppression".

Thursday was the first full slate of 2018 NFL preseason games, one week after the Baltimore Ravens beat the Chicago Bears at the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

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None of these players should face disciplinary action.

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

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner, ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. Lineman Chris Long placed a supportive arm around Jenkins.

Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the playing of the anthem and headed to join his team. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem.

"What NFL owners did today was thwart the players' constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country", Jenkins said in a statement in May.