In July, the NFL made a decision to suspend its new anthem policy which required all players on the field to stand for the national anthem.
The rule would have fined teams whose players protested during the anthem, but allowed the teams the choice to wait in the locker room or tunnel while the anthem was performed. Lineman Chris Long placed a supportive arm around Jenkins. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem.
Players have criticized Goodell's ban, calling it an infringement on their right to protest peacefully. He said the team didn't agree with his belief that National Football League players should stand during the anthem.
"For me", he added, "this has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism but doing what we can to effect real change for real people".