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NFL Releases Statement Concerning Protests During National Anthem

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

On Thursday night, preseason action kicked off for many NFL teams. While most of the eyes were focused on the action on the field, there were a few players who stole the spotlight before kickoff.

During the playing of the national anthem, several players opted to continue protesting during the national anthem. Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins, several players from the Jacksonville Jaguars, and others used some form of protest.

The NFL made the anthem a point of interest during the offseason, but that hasn't curbed any protests. At least not yet.

In response to the protests during tonight's games, the NFL released a statement.

"The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans. While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in player being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem," said the NFL in a statement.

The full statement can be seen below.

The NFL could find itself in a hotly contested debate around the anthem once again.

Stay tuned.