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Some players, like Robert Quinn of the Miami Dolphins, and the Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby, raised their fists in the air during the anthem.

Jenkins said he did not commit to demonstrating until right before Thursday's game, and acknowledged the decision whether to protest is one "I wrestle with all the time".

Ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to protest in 2016.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who has said his players will stand for the anthem and not remain in the locker room, has previously spoken to Trump about the anthem issue.

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The NFL has proposed, but not yet implemented, a controversial new anthem policy that requires all players to stand following kneeling demonstrations over social inequality in previous seasons, and Thursday's slate of preseason games saw protests resurface.

Jenkins had stopped that practice during last season, after the National Football League owners made a financial commitment to the Players Coalition, a charity endeavor he co-founded to help end social injustice in this country.

Trump, who has urged the NFL to suspend protesting players, again called on the league to act, and said players should find another way to speak out.

"I understand that it's a business and you want to protect your bottom line and all of that, but at the end of the day, I think the smartest thing right now is to not have a rule and provide a better option".

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It's been two years since Kaepernick made his stand, and there have been individual protests and team protests on a mass-scale ever since.

Several NFL stars have risked the wrath of Donald Trump by taking part in protests during the national anthem at pre-season games. Yeldon were not on the field when the anthem was played before their home game against New Orleans, and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they weren't on the field.

Unsurprisingly, it took President Trump little time to denounce the protesting players on Twitter, specifically Stills and Wilson.

The NFL also commented on the demonstration shown by Dolphins players, reiterating that no player can be disciplined for violating any national anthem policy while they continue their discussions with the NFLPA. Nevertheless, the league said players "are expected to stand" during the anthem if they choose to be on the field during its playing.

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"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issue affecting our communities".

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