These NFL Players Protested the National Anthem in Week 13

Craig Bannister | December 4, 2017 | 10:06am EST
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Player protests continued in Week 13.

Nearly two dozen National Football League (NFL) players from ten teams protested the National Anthem in Week 13 of the season.

While the Seattle Seahawks had, by far, the most players protesting during the playing of the Anthem, in most cases, only one player protested, according to

  • Seattle Seahawks (9): Defensive linemen Michael Bennett, Dion Jordan, Sheldon Richardson, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Jarran Reed, Marcus Smith II and Branden Jackson sat during the National Anthem. Left tackle Duane Brown took a knee.
  • San Francisco 49ers (4): Receiver Marquise Goodwin, safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold knelt, while wide receiver Louis Murphy stood behind them with a raised fist during the Anthem.
  • Miami Dolphins (3): Wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas took a knee on the field during the Anthem.
  • New York Giants (1): Defensive end Olivier Vernon knelt during the Anthem.
  • Los Angeles Chargers (1): Left tackle Russell Okung stood raising his right fist.
  • Oakland Raiders (1): Running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the National Anthem
  • Los Angeles Rams (1): Outside linebacker Robert Quinn put his right fist in the air during the National Anthem.
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1): Cornerback Marcus Peters stayed in the tunnel until the National Anthem was over,
  • Tennessee Titans (1): Wide receiver Rishard Matthews stayed in the locker room during the national anthem.
  • Baltimore Ravens (1): Linebacker Tyus Bowser knelt in prayer in the end zone for the beginning part of the Anthem, then ran to the sideline and put his hand over his heart for the remainder of the song.

Editor’s Note: This article will be updated to include any protests that occur during the Monday night NFL game for Week 13.

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