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Multiple Cleveland Browns take a knee during national anthem

Multiple Cleveland Browns take a knee during national anthem

Prior to the Browns' preseason game versus the New York Giants Monday, Rapoport tweeted that Osweiler could "lock up" Cleveland's starting job with a sound performance versus the Giants, as the veteran has received a vote of confidence from his teammates.

Last season, Colin Kaepernick started a media frenzy when he chose to kneel during the national anthem as a silent protest.

Each of the Giants players and coaches stood during the anthem.

In fact, the collection of Browns' players kneeling in a huddle in front of the club's bench might have been the largest group protest on an National Football League sideline this preseason.




The 11 players knelt in a circle behind the Browns bench, and five other Browns players stood nearby with a hand on a kneeling teammate's shoulder in an apparent sign of support.

Linebackers Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey, running backs Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson and Terrance Magee, safety Jabrill Peppers, tight end Seth DeValve, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis and defensive back Calvin Pryor dropped to one knee in a circle. "I hope - again I can't speak, I haven't really talked to our team about it - I would hope that we don't have those issues", Jackson said on August 15. Kaepernick has not been picked up by a team for the 2017 season, and some observers have attributed his lack of a roster spot to his national-anthem stance.

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson previously said he hoped his players would not protest during the national anthem.

"My personal feeling is that over the last season, we've seen players come under unfair scrutiny for protesting during the anthem, mainly because the focus has become on whether or not a player is being disrespectful to the flag or military and not on the issue and cause attempting to be addressed by the protest", Jackson said in a statement. However, Jackson clarified his remarks to say he respected any player who wanted to demonstrate.


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