NFL protests continue in Week 4

A week after the NFL‘s Protest Sunday, teams continued to struggle to find a common means of satisfying three highly competing, and apparently irreconcilable, needs: respecting players’ right to speak, respecting the wishes of fans who didn’t want to see protests, and continuing to stand up to President Donald Trump’s unrelenting attacks on the NFL.

– Jay Busbee

NFL Week 4

Houston Texans players stand on the sideline during the national anthem before a game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel for the National Anthem before the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Green Bay Packers players link arms during the singing of the national anthem before the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on September 28, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel before the national anthem before their NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S. October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem prior to the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson locks arms with the entire New York Jets team during the playing of the national anthem before the game between New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

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Atlanta Falcons players lock arms during the national anthem before their game against the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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The Los Angeles Chargers stand for the National Anthem prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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The Philadelphia Eagles are seen during the national anthem at the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center on October 1, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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New England Patriots players stand for the national anthem before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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B.J. Bello #50 of the Cleveland Browns DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns Reggie Porter #31 of the Cleveland Browns stand arm in arm durning the National Anthem before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller /Getty Images)

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Robert Quinn #94 of the Los Angeles Rams raises his fist during the National Anthem before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Jalen Reeves-Maybin #44 of the Detroit Lions and teammate Steve Longa #54 take a knee during the national anthem before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 1, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Minnesota Vikings players link arms during the national anthem before the game against the Detroit Lions on October 1, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

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Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem prior to the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Wide Receivers Roger Lewis, Jr. #18, Odell Beckham, Jr. #13 and Tight End Jerell Adams #89 of the New York Giants lock arms during the National Anthem befoe the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

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Randall Telfer #86 of the Cleveland Browns raises a fist in the air durning the Nation Anthem before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller /Getty Images)

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Head coach John Fox of the Chicago Bears links arms with players during the singing of the national anthem before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 28, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall #54 of the Denver Broncos stands and holds a fist in the air during the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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Miami Dolphins players kneel down during the national anthem before the NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium on October 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)