NFL players who protested during the national anthem in Week 4

Since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began a pregame protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States by sitting down during the national anthem before a preseason game then kneeling during it in Week 1, several NFL players across the league have joined him. Here are the players who protested in Week 4:

Washington Redskins: Receiver DeSean Jackson made a social statement regarding the “senseless killings of both citizens and police” by wearing specially designed cleats during warm-ups before Sunday’s game against the Browns at FedEx Field. He changed cleats before the game began but wore them during the national anthem. — John Keim

Oakland Raiders: Linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith both raised a right fist during the national anthem prior to Oakland’s game at the Ravens. Standing next to one another, they raised their fists at the end of the song. It was the second consecutive week they raised a fist. — Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks linked arms together and stood as a demonstration of unity during the national anthem before their game against the Jets. It was the fourth straight week they did so. — Sheil Kapadia

Tennessee Titans: Cornerback Jason McCourty, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and defensive end DaQuan Jones raised a fist after the national anthem prior to the Titans’ game against the Texans. — Paul Kuharsky

Indianapolis Colts: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie took a knee and held a fist up during the national anthem for the second straight week prior to Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Cromartie said after their Week 3 game against San Diego that he planned to continue to take a knee going forward. — Mike Wells

Miami Dolphins: Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills continued their protests on Thursday night, kneeling during the national anthem before the game against the Bengals. — Katherine Terrell


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