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Multiple Cleveland Browns take a knee during national anthem

Multiple Cleveland Browns take a knee during national anthem

While Colin Kaepernick seemingly can't find a job, his fellow NFL players are following through on what he started and are continuing to protest the National Anthem before games.

The group, which included veterans, rookies, starters and backups, gathered in front of some water coolers and behind their teammates who stood on the sideline shortly before the Browns hosted the New York Giants.

UPDATE: The Cleveland Browns released a statement late Monday night about their players protesting during the Anthem.

As for the Browns, there were several players who didn't kneel for the anthem, but did show support for the protest by placing their arms on their teammates.

The five who stood alongside the circle were punter Britton Colquitt, cornerback Jason McCourty, quarterback DeShone Kizer, defensive tackle Trevon Coley and offensive tackle Shon Coleman. On Monday, the largest such protest occurred in Cleveland. Given a short field, Kizer drove the Browns into the end zone, taking the scoring honors himself with a one-yard run.

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"I think everybody has a right to do, and I get it, but the National Anthem means a lot to myself personally, the organization and our football team", Jackson said, per Labbe. "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".

It wasn't always pretty, and it is clear that he is still very raw, but Kizer may have done enough, as Osweiler not enough, that head coach Hue Jackson is going to have some long nights between now and Saturday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While no Jets player has protested during the national anthem yet, Todd Bowles said it is their "individual right" if they so choose to do so and he would be supportive of his players if that situation arises.

"The intent of my comments was not to discourage individual expression from our players in light of a cause that moves them to personal expression", Jackson said.