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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.

Joel Embiid attempts bicycle kick at neighborhood soccer game in Cameroon

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Joel Embiid attempts bicycle kick at neighborhood soccer game in Cameroon

One of my favorite Brett Brown quotes about Joel Embiid from a few years ago is that he's "Shaquille (O'Neal) with soccer feet."

We've seen Embiid show off those soccer skills he developed as a youngster in Cameroon long before he ever picked up a basketball.

But Embiid put together two of his favorite pastimes over the weekend for one amazing video: soccer and crashing a local pickup game.

Embiid has become rather infamous in the Philly area for crashing random people's pickup games at local playgrounds. So when he traveled to Africa recently to play in the NBA Africa Game and the locals there tend to play futbol, Embiid joined in their festive games.

Footage has appeared on the Internet of Embiid playing with some locals in his native Cameroon. It's as cool as you'd expect, except for this one move Jojo attempts to pull off ...

One of Embiid's trainers for the summer, Drew Hanlen, took time away from fixing Markelle Fultz's shot to play some footie with him at the neighborhood game and shared the footage to his Instagram.

Now, there is perhaps no person in professional sports I find more likeable than Joel Embiid. He's got a rare combination of elite skill and an incredible personality that makes him easy to root for in Philadelphia. All of that said, Jo, buddy, what in the world are you doing attempting a bicycle kick? Perhaps he's got elite soccer skill and he can attempt a bicycle kick with ease. But he can't defy gravity. That 7-foot-2 body has to come back down and land on earth. Please be safe while you're having fun out there. The city of Philly needs you.

Good effort though. Think he's playing too many soccer video games TBH.

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Brawl breaks out during Washington Redskins-New York Jets joint practice

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Brawl breaks out during Washington Redskins-New York Jets joint practice

The Eagles are Super Bowl champions and other teams are fighting for their throne, literally.

The New York Jets and the Washington Redskins held a joint practice today and a melee broke out that spilled into the spectator areas where fans were watching practice.

Reporters were not allowed to record video during this time, but fans captured this surreal moment between two NFL teams.

Details at the time of writing were scarce, but it according to Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Redskins offensive tackle Morgan Moses went down on a late hit from Jets CB Trumaine Johnson, which started a brawl that involved more than 30 players and spilled into an area where fans were watching practice.

Phillips also reports that two fans began fighting and had to be separated by police.

We’ll update this story once more details become available.

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