With the NFL enacting, then reconsidering rules that require players to stand at attention during the national anthem, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins resumed the raised-fist protest he had ended during the 2017 season. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest.
In July, the NFL chose to suspend its new anthem policy which required all players on the field to stand for the national anthem.
Cornerback De'Vante Bausby joined Jenkins Thursday evening, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder, as Long did last season. "You know what I mean?"
"I think it was just kind of a culmination of how the offseason went and where we are now", he said. This is not going to become a distraction, and Jacksonville's not going to become a distraction for this team. I love my team, I'm dedicated to my teammates, and that's what we're talking about.
"For me", he added, "this has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism but doing what we can to effect real change for real people". The Patriots observed a moment of silence beforehand for Weymouth, Massachusetts, police officer Michael Chesna, who was killed last month in the line of duty.
After confusion, the National Football League made a decision to take its new policy back to the drawing board and consult with the players association.
The league noted that while players won't be disciplined, it expects all players on the field to stand during the presentation of the flag and the anthem.
The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem.
Several players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played before a dozen preseason games began across the country.
The NFL introduced a new national anthem policy this season.
"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issue affecting our communities".