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NFL anthem reactions

Head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks stand during the national anthem before a game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on September 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/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