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Despite a growing trend around the NFL, no Redskins players protested the National Anthem before Monday's game against the Steelers. Instead the team walked onto the field and each player held a piece of the large American flag displayed during the anthem.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protest movement last month when he took a knee during the National Anthem before a preseason game. His actions generated national controversy, as players, coaches and fans reacted to the move, some supportive and others the opposite. Kaepernick, and now others, have made clear they are protesting racial injustive across the U.S., not the military, but for some people the move is considered disrespectful.

On Sunday, players around the NFL joined the protest movement by kneeling during the anthem, including Arian Foster of the Dolphins, while others decided to raise their fists during the anthem, including Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots. The raised fists are a tribute to John Carlos and Tommie Smith who protested racial injustice during the 1968 Summer Olympics. 

 

Last month, Jay Gruden said of the National Anthem protests, "For three minutes, for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Redskins."