Former Chief Albert Wilson kneels during national anthem at Dolphins game

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The gestures from Stills, Wilson and Quinn come just a day after the Dolphins organization submitted a nine-page disciplinary document to the National Football League that included a section called "Proper Anthem Conduct", according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others made a decision to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.

Elsewhere in the NFL, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the anthem and linebacker Robert Quinn raised his fist. Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De'Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists, according to The Philadelphia Enquirer.

The rule would have fined teams whose players protested during the anthem, but allowed the teams the choice to wait in the locker room or tunnel while the anthem was performed. Eagles defensive end Chris Long had his arm around Jenkins in a show of solidarity.

It sparked a national discussion about patriotism, and drew sharp vitriol from President Trump, who condemned those who kneeled as disrespectful to America.

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.

During the NFL Network's television coverage of the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants game, 10 Giants were seen kneeling in unison in an end zone before the National Anthem was played. Individual teams would be responsible for disciplining any demonstrators. The NFL instituted a new policy in March that banned kneeling, but the policy was suspended as the league and NFLPA try and work toward a compromise.

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