Former Chief Albert Wilson kneels during national anthem at Dolphins game


It happened before the Dolphins game against the Buccaneers, and former Chief Albert Wilson was one of the players who took a knee.

Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Rams. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

Several NFL players have protested during the U.S. national anthem before pre-season games.

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The NFL has said it won't punish the players who took part in the protests on Thursday, reiterating the league's decision to shelve its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association.

"As a black man in this world, I've got an obligation to raise awareness", Quinn said.

Kaepernick applauded the Dolphins players shortly after the display for their protest of "systemic oppression". He said the team didn't agree with his belief that National Football League players should stand during the anthem.

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The NFL issued a statement Thursday night saying they will continue to play the anthem before games. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team discussed the topic and chose to support individual decisions. Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De'Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists, according to The Philadelphia Enquirer. This is not going to become a distraction, and Jacksonville's not going to become a distraction for this team.

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.

The protest controversy began in 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the rendition of the anthem to call attention to injustices faced by people of color, particularly at the hands of the police.

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"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issue affecting our communities".