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Eagles' Michael Bennett sits through national anthem

Eagles' Michael Bennett sits through national anthem

Eagles defensive lineman Michael Bennett sat on the bench on the sideline during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday. 

Bennett, who had previously waited inside during the anthem, was announced as a starter and was already on the field. He sat on a metal bench, resuming his protest he started in Seattle. 

Bennett is one of several NFL players who have protested systemic racism and racial inequality in the United States. 

Malcolm Jenkins, who raised his fist for most of last season, stood and did not raise his fist during the anthem.

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Eagles' Michael Bennett again skips national anthem

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Eagles' Michael Bennett again skips national anthem

For the second straight week, Malcolm Jenkins stood on the sideline during the national anthem.

During the preseason, Jenkins halted his protest during the anthem and began waiting in the tunnel, but was with his teammates standing today.

Michael Bennett again skipped the anthem and joined his teammates on the sideline after its conclusion.

The Eagles’ safety had been raising a fist during the national anthem to protest police brutality, systemic racism and racial inequality in the United States.

The NFL enacted a national anthem policy this offseason, but under pressure from the player association, has halted punishments that go with it. Teams who had players not standing respectfully were to be fined. It was up to the team to then take disciplinary action on their players if they wanted.

That whole policy is still halted.

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Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins returns to standing along sideline for 2018 season opener's national anthem

Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins returns to standing along sideline for 2018 season opener's national anthem

As Thursday night gave way to regular-season football at Lincoln Financial Field, Malcolm Jenkins stood along the sideline for the national anthem after staying in the tunnel for the final three weeks of the preseason.

The Eagles' safety had put a pause to his silent protest toward the end of last season but resumed his demonstration during the team's preseason opener when he raised his fist standing along the sideline.

This was in light of the NFL implementing a new policy this offseason, requiring players to either stand or remain inside during the anthem. However, the disciplinary actions for the policy are currently on hold.

"Me personally, I really want to get this conversation to move away from the anthem,” Jenkins said in an article published Wednesday by the Washington Post. “I think it has served its purpose.”

Jenkins is one of the NFL's most socially active players. He started raising his fist during the 2016 season in protest of police brutality and racial and social injustice in the United States.

"I think it’s important that we continue to keep this conversation going, that we don’t let it get stagnant," Jenkins said after this year's preseason opener Aug. 9. "As we understand it, everyone is kind of waiting to see what the league is going to do. That doesn’t mean that we stop what we’ve been standing up for."

Defensive end Michael Bennett, who had been waiting out the national anthem before the exhibition games, was seen walking around during Thursday night's rendition and at one point sat down to tie his shoe.

The Eagles-Falcons season opener was delayed because of inclement weather, pushing back the Super Bowl LII banner ceremony and kickoff to the 2018 campaign.

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