(FOX 46 WJZY) - As the first NFL preseason games kicked off Thursday night, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the national anthem before the team's preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Two players were seen taking a knee, one was seen raising his fist, and others did not take the field while the National Anthem played, according to Miami media.
The Miami Herald reported that Sills and Wilson mark the first players to kneel in the 2018-2019 season since the NFL implemented a rule requiring players to stand.
Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the national anthem.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 9, 2018
It's been three years since Colin Kaepernick started kneeling in the 2016 preseason as a way to bring attention to extrajudicial violence by police against black people.
My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!✊🏾— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 10, 2018
📸 @footcandles#imwithkap #imwithereid #takeaknee pic.twitter.com/LimoadfUcW
In May, NFL owners approved a new policy that allowed players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbid them from sitting or taking a knee if they were on the field.
"Stand or stay out of sight," was essentially the motto.
In July, the league and players association jointly announced that this new rule was "put on hold" until further notice.
If in action, the rule would have fined teams whose players protested during the anthem, but allowed the teams the choice to wait in the locker room while the anthem was performed.