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4 Miami Dolphins players kneel during national anthem

Posted at 5:11 PM, Sep 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-11 20:48:26-04

Four Miami Dolphins players kneeled during the national anthem before kickoff against Seattle.

Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins and Kenny Stills took a knee just before the anthem began. The four held their hands over their hearts as the anthem played and stood immediately at its conclusion.

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The Dolphins released a statement saying they encourage players and staff to stand during the anthem but recognize an ``individual's right to reflect during the anthem in different ways.''

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On the opposite sideline, Seahawks players and coaches locked arm-in-arm. That included defensive back Jeremy Lane, who sat during the national anthem in the preseason finale in Oakland in a sign of support for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Lane indicated earlier in the week a plan to continue sitting during the anthem but changed after the Seahawks decided to stand together as a team.

Lane stood next to Richard Sherman and near coach Pete Carroll.

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