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An Eagles player takes a knee during the national anthem on Thursday night

The Philadelphia Eagles' third preseason game just got under way at Lincoln Financial Field as the Birds take on the Miami Dolphins, who they spent part of this week going up against in joint practices.

During the national anthem prior to the game, a number of Eagles players protested quietly.

"Chris Long again put his arm around Malcolm Jenkins as Jenkins raised his fist during the anthem. Ron Brooks took a knee," according to CSNPhilly.com's Dave Zangaro.

Long spoke about his show of support for Jenkins after a similar display in the Eagles preseason game last week against the Buffalo Bills.

"I've heard a lot of people say, 'Why do athletes get involved in the national anthem protests?' I've said before that I'll never kneel for an anthem because the flag means something different for everybody in this country, but I support my peers. If you don't see why you need allies for people that are fighting for equality right now, I don't think you'll ever see it.

"Malcolm is a leader and I'm here to show support as a white athlete," Long said.

Colin Kaepernick is still in the news for his silent protests with hundreds of supporters protesting outside of the NFL headquarters this week.

Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy spoke out on Thursday about the situation, noting that guys like Kaepernick could be more of a distraction to a team than he's worth.