Malcolm Jenkins and DeVante Bausby stayed in the tunnel during the national anthem one week after raising their fists in protest in the exhibition opener
Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and DeVante Bausby remained in the tunnel during the national anthem before the Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots, a week after raising their fists in protest in the exhibition opener.
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett remained in the locker room Thursday night, NBC Philadelphia reported on Twitter. A picture tweeted by the station showed Jenkins and Bausby bowing their heads as they looked out toward the field.
Jenkins and Bennett have been among the most vocal NFL players protesting racial inequality during the pregame playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. The NFL Network tweeted a video of Jenkins coming out for warmups wearing a shirt that said, YOU ARENT LISTENING.
There were no player protests before the other two preseason games: Jets-Redskins in Landover, Maryland, and Steelers-Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles would later depart the exhibition game against with a shoulder strain and the Patriots ran out 37-20 winners.
The Super Bowl MVP appeared to be in pain when he was hit by Patriots defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn in the right arm as he reared back to throw in the first half. The ball popped loose, and linebacker JaWhaun Bentley scooped it up and ran it back for a 54-yard touchdown.
Third-stringer Nate Sudfield took over at quarterback on the Eagles next possession.
Foles took over for starter Carson Wentz last season and took Philadelphia to the Super Bowl, beating the Patriots 41-33. Wentz is expected to return to 11-on-11 drills next week, but its not certain he will be ready for the regular-season opener.