NFL Anthem Protests: 9 Players from 5 Teams Protest on Week 2

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 17, 2018 | 10:02 AM EDT

Former Quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked Anthem protests. (Screenshot)

In the second week of the National Football League’s (NFL) 2018, players continued to protest the National Anthem when it was played before their games.

On Sunday, nine players from five teams either knelt, raised a fist, or boycotted the National Anthem, reports:

  • Miami Dolphins (3): Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the anthem and defensive end Robert Quinn raised a fist.
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1): Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett was not on the field during the national anthem.
  • Oakland Raiders (1): running back Marshawn Lynch sat on a cooler on the sideline
  • Denver Broncos (2): wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Brandon Marshall were not on the field during the national anthem.

Both the number of players protesting and the number of teams with protesters declined from last week. In Week One, 10 players from six teams protested.

UPDATE: On Monday night, Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson and offensive tackle Duane Brown boycotted the National Anthem, returning to the field after it played prior to the team's game against the Chicago Bears, AP News reports.

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