Continuing protest, Jenkins raises fist before Eagles preseason game

Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, center left, raises his fist during the national anthem before the team's preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, center left, raises his fist during the national anthem before the team's preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Before the Eagles’ preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night, Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins raised his right fist in a continuation of last season’s protest to bring awareness to social injustice.

As “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, defensive end Chris Long put his left arm around Jenkins, showing his support. Cornerback De’Vante Bausby, who demonstrated at least once last season, also raised his right fist.

Safety Rodney McLeod demonstrated alongside Jenkins last season, but he did not appear to demonstrate Thursday.

And Michael Bennett walked out of the locker room late, continuing to walk down the sideline behind his teammates while it played.

Jenkins has said that NFL players are fighting for racial and social equality, not disparaging the national anthem.

He stopped demonstrating during the playing of the national anthem in December after the NFL pledged to donate a substantial sum of money to various social causes.

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