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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Three Philadelphia Eagles players stayed off the field during the national anthem before Thursday night’s preseason game against the New England Patriots.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby remained in the tunnel during the national anthem before the Super Bowl rematch, a week after raising their fists in protest in the exhibition opener. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett also stayed off the field during the anthem, according to The MMQB.
Jenkins and Bennett have been among the most vocal NFL players protesting racial inequality during the pregame playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” The NFL Network tweeted a video of Jenkins coming out for warmups wearing a shirt that said, “YOU AREN’T LISTENING.”
There were no player protests before the other two preseason games: Jets-Redskins in Landover, Maryland, and Steelers-Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Patriots beat the Eagles 37-20.
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