Three Dolphins players protest during national anthem before exhibition game

  • Three Dolphins players protest during national anthem before exhibition game

Three Dolphins players protest during national anthem before exhibition game

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the national anthem before the team's preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the first players to do so since the NFL tried to implement a rule requiring players to stand.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the playing of the anthem and headed to the team bench.

In Philadelphia, where the world champs played the Pittsburgh Steelers, Eagles captain and safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem. 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. The players included Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon.

The NFL introduced a new national anthem policy this season.

The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night. The league has been under pressure from President Trump and his followers to take action against players who take a knee in a silent protest against racism.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others made a decision to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.

The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem. Instead, the league opted to join with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to come up with a joint policy.