Is the anthem protest coming to an end? The Eagles ALL players represent the moments of the game on Thursday night after the announcement of Nike by Kaepernick.
- Regular protesters Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Bennett represented the anthem
- They were the most vocal protesters since Kaepernick began to demonstrate
- Anthem arrived just before Nike published a commercial with Kaepernick
Rory Tingle for Dailymail.com
The Eagles players represented the national anthem on Thursday night, and regular protesters Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Bennett took their places on the bench before the opening of the NFL season between Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Neither of them visibly protested during the Star-Spangled Banner, despite the fact that on previous occasions he had knelt or remained off the battlefield during the protest for social injustice and racial inequality.
They have been among the most vocal protesters since then, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started similar demonstrations in 2016 kneeling during the anthem.
All Eagles players represented the Star Spangled Banner on Thursday night, and two regular protesters choose not to kneel.
The anthem came just before Nike published a commercial with Kaepernick after making him face his campaign for the 30th anniversary of "Just Do It".
Jenkins stood with his teammates while Bennett roamed behind them near the Eagles' bench and adjusted his equipment.
No player of the Falcons was absent from the bench and none protested in the recent past.
The anthem has been a particularly thorny issue for the NFL, especially with President Donald Trump urging owners to appeal or dismiss players who demonstrate.
They arrived moments before Nike published a commercial with Kaepernick after making him the face of his 30th anniversary campaign (in the photo, a campaign poster in San Francisco)
Players say that their message has been misinterpreted in something against the American flag or the military.
The league and the players union have not yet resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the anthem.
The owners approved a policy that requires players to stand up if they are on the bench during the anthem, allowing them to stay off the field if they wish.
But the league and the union left him in suspense after the Miami Dolphins faced violent reactions to classify the protests as potentially damaging behavior for the team, putting players at risk of fines or suspensions.
Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel regularly during the anthem, and he appears in the photo on October 2, 2016, before a game in Santa Clara, California.