Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins (27) raises his fist during the national anthem before the start of the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
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Philadelphia Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby raised their fists in protest during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Thursday's exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The NFL owners approved a new national anthem policy two months ago that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the anthem, and fines a team for any protest by its players.Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted his support for the Miami players.The NFL issued a statement Thursday night saying they will continue to play the anthem before games.Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently stated that his team would require players to stand on the field for the national anthem no matter what rule the league settles on.
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