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

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.

Social media torches Eagles-Cowboys referees after awful offensive PI call

Social media torches Eagles-Cowboys referees after awful offensive PI call

We're so quick to yell at our TVs and pull out our smartphones to tweet outrage after a referee makes a call we deem outrageous. Oftentimes, it's an emotional reaction. Other times, it's not. This is one of those times.

Shortly after the Cowboys took a 23-16 late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles quickly responded when Carson Wentz hooked up with rookie tight end Dallas Goedert for what appeared to be a 75-yard game-tying touchdown catch.

Except the refs decided this was offensive pass interference:

That's not offensive pass interference. Goedert collided with Cowboys safety Jeff Heath, hit his head and performed a swim move to get around Heath. There appeared to be very little contact, certainly not enough to warrant a flag.

Ultimately, the Eagles ended up scoring on the drive and the outrage went all for naught as the game went to overtime. But still, to call this penalty at that point of the game just can't happen.

To the social media world we go.

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Social media erupts with anger after refs rule a fumble in favor of Cowboys

Social media erupts with anger after refs rule a fumble in favor of Cowboys

Less than 10 seconds into the crucial matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, the refs made a ridiculous call that will likely have a huge hand in deciding who will win the game, and probably the NFC East.

If you didn’t see the play, here is the end where five Eagles surround the ball, but it's determined that no clear possession was gained.

Not only is this clearly a fumble but had the refs done their job right the first time, there’s no question who would have been awarded possession. Instead, the Cowboys kept the ball and everyone on Twitter lost their collective minds.

It's a long game — we’ll see if the Eagles can overcome this one.

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