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NFL anthem reactions

Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Kenny Stills (10), left, and Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Albert Wilson (15) take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans game on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Michele Sandberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NFL photos from sidelines during national anthem

Protests during the national anthem continue to be a flash point for the league; earlier Saturday, ESPN reported that it was unlikely there would be any new mandate from the league on whether to stand during the 2018 season. As such, players are free to protest on their own, despite the fierce criticism from protest opponents.

The Miami Dolphins’ Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson II were two of the only players to kneel during the anthem prior to Sunday’s early games.

– Jay Busbee