Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem

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Elsewhere in the NFL, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the anthem and linebacker Robert Quinn raised his fist.

The Giants opened their preseason at home against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, and Big Blue defensive lineman A.J. Francis raised his fist at the end of the anthem, NJ.com reported.

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, a frequent protestor past year when he played for the Seattle Seahawks, walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played.

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

Thursday marked the first full slate of exhibition games. It was not immediately clear how many saw signs of protest.

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It was a show of solidarity with the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, launched by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in May.

The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night.

It sparked a national discussion about patriotism, and drew sharp vitriol from President Trump, who condemned those who kneeled as disrespectful to America.

After withstanding two seasons of backlash against players kneeling, raising fists and displaying other means of protest during the anthem, the National Football League said it would fine teams with protesting players directly, who in turn would have it in their discretion to enforce pregame anthem observations in their own ways.

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.

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