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One week after protests and demonstrations swept the NFL in response to President Trump, players and teams continued with the displays on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions were among the teams who had individual players kneel during the national anthem. The New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars kneeled before the anthem and then stood, while the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys collectively stood for the anthem.
Among the players to kneel during the anthem were Lions linebackers Steve Longa and Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Bills fullback Mike Tolbert and cornerback Shareece Wright and Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who said he would continue kneeling until Trump apologized, was not on the field for the anthem on Sunday.
On Thursday, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears stood linked arm-in-arm for the anthem.
The displays come one week after more than 250 players engaged in some form of protest after Trump repeatedly called for NFL owners to fire players who do not stand during the national anthem.
Trump tweeted on Saturday night, “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country.”
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