NFL Anthem Protests: 10 Players from 6 Teams Protest on Week One

By Craig Bannister | September 10, 2018 | 10:38am EDT
Colin Kaepernick sparked National Anthem protests when he played in the NFL. (Screenshot)

Ten National Football League (NFL) players from six teams protested, in one way or another, during the playing of the National Anthem in the first week of NFL regular season games.

While ESPN reports that only two players knelt during the Anthem, three others raised a fist in protest, one sat on the bench and four more boycotted the Anthem in protest by hiding out in their stadium’s tunnels as it played.

  • Philadelphia Eagles (1): Defensive End Michael Bennett sat on the bench during the playing of the National Anthem prior to Thursday Night’s NFL season-opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Miami Dolphins (3): Receiver Kenny Stills and Receiver Albert Wilson knelt during the anthem and Robert Quinn raised his fist in protest.
  • San Francisco 49ers (1): Receiver Marquise Goodwin raised a fist during the Anthem.
  • Los Angeles Chargers (1): Tackle Russell Okung raised a fist in protest.
  • Denver Broncos (2): Receiver Demaryius Thomas and Linebacker Brandon Marshall boycotted the Anthem by going into the stadium’s tunnel during the National Anthem.
  • Seattle Seahawks (2): Lineman Duane Brown and Lineman Quinton Jefferson boycotted the Anthem, returning to the field after it finished playing.

ESPN has announced it will not broadcast the National Anthem for any of the Monday Night Football games, including this week’s matchup between the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

UPDATE: No players from either the Jets or Lions protested before Monday night's early game - but, Oakland Raiders Running Back Marshawn Lynch sat during the playing of the National Anthem before the team's Monday night late game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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