Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem

Quinn raises fist while NFL's anthem policy remains on hold

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneel during the national anthem before an NFL preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Another NFL season, another protest of racial injustice during the national anthem.

Just before the start of Thursday night's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two Miami Dolphins players knelt on the sideline and another raised a fist in the air.

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee, possibly setting off a new war of words between NFL players, fans divided between their love for football and their love for their country and even President Donald Trump.

Stills has routinely knelt for the anthem during his time with the team.

"Being a part of this protest hasn't been easy," Stills told reporters in the locker room after the game. "You know, I thought I was going to be by myself out there, and tonight I had an angel with me with Albert being out there. I'm grateful that he sees what's happening, and he wants to stand up and do something about it as well."

Wilson signed a three-year contract with the Dolphins this offseason. He spent his first four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist during the anthem. Quinn joined Miami this offseason in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams.

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem before the start of an NFL preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Aug. 9, 2018 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Team owner Stephen Ross has said he would like his players to stand for the anthem, and the NFL recently suspended its rule regarding anthem protests until the league and players union can come to terms on a policy.

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