Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem

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Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both kneeled while defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist before the Fins took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

It has been almost two years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the anthem in protest of social injustices, sparking a movement among players like Stills and Wilson.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem on Thursday.

There were no apparent demonstrations by the Buccaneers.

Franchise owners agreed on a policy earlier this year that requires players to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner if they are on the field.

Several NFL stars have risked the wrath of Donald Trump by taking part in protests during the national anthem at pre-season games. "If no one wants to live in unity, that's why we're in the situation we're in". Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team discussed the topic and chose to support individual decisions.

The NFL issued a statement Thursday night saying they will continue to play the anthem before games.

Stills has routinely knelt for the anthem during his time with the team. The Patriots observed a moment of silence beforehand for Weymouth, Massachusetts, police officer Michael Chesna, who was killed last month in the line of duty.

The NFL says it's anthem policy is on hold while it holds discussions with the NFL Players Association.

The league noted that while players won't be disciplined, it expects all players on the field to stand during the presentation of the flag and the anthem.

The NFL instituted a new policy in March that banned kneeling, but the policy was suspended as the league and NFLPA try and work toward a compromise. The NFL said in May that players had to stand at attention or stay in the locker room, with teams facing fines and individual players subject to team penalties. No player took a knee at that game.

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