NFL photos from sidelines during national anthem

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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

<p>Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Kenny Stills (10), left, and Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Albert Wilson (15) take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans game on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Michele Sandberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) </p>
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Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Kenny Stills (10), left, and Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Albert Wilson (15) take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans game on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Michele Sandberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

<p>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) </p>
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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)

<p>The New England Patriots stand for the national anthem before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) </p>
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The New England Patriots stand for the national anthem before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

<p>Robert Quinn #94 of the Miami Dolphins raises his fist during the National Anthem against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) </p>
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Robert Quinn #94 of the Miami Dolphins raises his fist during the National Anthem against the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

<p>Brandon Marshall (54) of the Denver Broncos after the National Anthem of the game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Denver Broncos hosted the Seattle Seahawks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, September 9, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post) </p>
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Brandon Marshall (54) of the Denver Broncos after the National Anthem of the game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Denver Broncos hosted the Seattle Seahawks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, September 9, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

<p>The Houston Texans stand for the national anthem before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) </p>
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The Houston Texans stand for the national anthem before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

<p>Wide receiver Paul Richardson #10 of the Washington Redskins stands for the National Anthem before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) </p>
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Wide receiver Paul Richardson #10 of the Washington Redskins stands for the National Anthem before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

<p>Jamie Collins #51 of the Cleveland Browns stands by himself during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) </p>
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Jamie Collins #51 of the Cleveland Browns stands by himself during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

<p>Quarterback Sam Bradford #9 stands with teammate center Daniel Munyer #62 of the Arizona Cardinals for the National Anthem before the game against the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) </p>
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Quarterback Sam Bradford #9 stands with teammate center Daniel Munyer #62 of the Arizona Cardinals for the National Anthem before the game against the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

<p>Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs stands during the national anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) </p>
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Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs stands during the national anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

<p>Quarterback Sam Bradford #9 stands with teammate center Daniel Munyer #62 of the Arizona Cardinals for the National Anthem before the game against the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) </p>
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Quarterback Sam Bradford #9 stands with teammate center Daniel Munyer #62 of the Arizona Cardinals for the National Anthem before the game against the Washington Redskins at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

<p>Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs stands during the national anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) </p>
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Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs stands during the national anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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