Here’s what each NFL team did during the national anthem Sunday

Here’s what each NFL team did during the national anthem Sunday
Some Washington Redskins players knelt during the national anthem before the game Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s scathing criticism of national anthem protesters on Friday was met with the amplification of those protests, as well as their detractors. On Sunday, every NFL team and every team player was under pressure to choose either the president’s side, or the protesters’ side.

Here’s what every team in the NFL did to address the controversial issue.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Several team members spoke out against Trump, but they will play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, during which some are anticipated to protest.

They also put out a statement about the protests:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Two players kneeled, while many locked arms in solidarity, including the owner, who put out a statement afterward in support of the demonstrations.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Many players took a knee and locked arms in the early game broadcast from London.

BUFFALO BILLS

Several players locked arms and knelt down during the national anthem.

Running back LeSean McCoy appeared to be stretching during the national anthem.

After the game he called the president a “jerk.”

CAROLINA PANTHERS

All but one player stood during the national anthem. Julius Peppers stayed in the locker room.

CHICAGO BEARS

Players locked arms, but stood during the anthem.

CINCINNATTI BENGALS

Some players locked arms, but all stood for the national anthem.



CLEVELAND BROWNS

Many players kneeled and locked arms.

DALLAS COWBOYS

The Cowboys will play tonight on Monday night football.

DENVER BRONCOS

Many knelt, many locked arms.

DETROIT LIONS

Several players knelt while others locked arms, including the owner of the team.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Most locked arms, three players sat, and one knelt during the national anthem.

HOUSTON TEXANS

All Texans stood for the anthem, many locked arms in solidarity.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Many knelt during the national anthem.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Several players knelt in this game from London. Their owner stood in solidarity with them, locking arms.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Several players took a knee during the national anthem.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Some players sat for the national anthem.



LOS ANGELES RAMS

The Rams played their game on Thursday Night before Trump’s comments. Later, the team put out a statement in support of players protesting.



MIAMI DOLPHINS

Players locked arms, including the owner. Five members took a knee.

Some players wore shirts in support of formers 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests last season.

Safety Michael Thomas seemed to get emotional talking about it after the game.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Vikings locked arms, standing for the nation anthem.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Numerous players took a knee at their stadium, where some fans booed them.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Nine players sat during the nation anthem.

Quarterback Drew Brees criticized Trump’s comments after the game, but also said he would always stand for the national anthem.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Three players took a knee while others locked arms.

NEW YORK JETS

Players locked arms with the team’s owner, but no one took a knee, all stood.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Nearly all the players sat or took a knee during the national anthem.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Players locked arms with the owner, but all stood.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

The Steelers elected to stay in the locker room during the national anthem, except for one player, Alejandro Villanueva, who stood outside on the field and placed his hand over his heart.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Colin Kaepernick began the protest in San Francisco, but only one player took the knee on Sunday during the national anthem.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

The entire team skipped the national anthem, but appeared arm in arm in solidarity afterward.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

TENNESSEE TITANS

Players stayed in the locker room for the national anthem.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Many players locked arms during the national anthem.

Josh Norman said they were facing “tyranny” from the president in an interview after the game.



Why is everyone protesting all of a sudden?

Many players responded negatively to criticism that President Trump offered in a speech on Friday about the protests. Before the comments, protests were increasing but at a very slow rate.

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