NFL players who protested during national anthem in Week 12

Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung raised his fist during the national anthem before the game on Thanksgiving day. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

President Donald Trump earlier this week bashed a plan that would keep NFL teams in the locker room during the national anthem, saying it is "almost as bad as kneeling." Trump has criticized free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick -- who launched the wave of protests during the anthem last season when he kneeled to protest police brutality against African-Americans and other inequality -- on multiple occasions and made claims that players who protest during the anthem should be suspended or released. Several players and coaches reacted strongly to Trump on social media, and players -- joined by coaches and owners, in some instances -- across the league kneeled, locked arms, raised their fists and even refused to come out of the locker room during the national anthem in Week 3. There have been several more protests since.

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Here are the players who protested in Week 12 (most recent updates first):

Oakland Raiders: Running back Marshawn Lynch, undeterred by President Donald Trump’s tweet at him last week, remained seated during Eddie Money’s rendition of the national anthem before the Raiders' game against the Broncos. He has remained seated during the national anthem all season, and he stood for the Mexican national anthem last week in the Raiders' game in Mexico City. Lynch has not said why he has remained seated during the national anthem. He wore a T-shirt before the team's Week 4 game that read "EVERYBODY -VS- TRUMP." -- Paul Gutierrez

Los Angeles Rams: Outside linebacker Robert Quinn put his right fist in the air during the national anthem before the Rams' game against the Saints. Punter Johnny Hekker put his arm around Quinn as a show of support. Running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Tavon Austin linked arms once again. -- Alden Gonzalez

New Orleans Saints: Most of the Saints' players briefly knelt in unity before the national anthem against the Rams, as they have done in their past seven games. They then all stood during the anthem, with some players and coaches locking arms. -- Mike Triplett

Seattle Seahawks: After standing for the national anthem in recent weeks, several members of the Seahawks’ defense returned to sitting on the bench before Sunday's game against the 49ers. Those sitting were Michael Bennett, Frank Clark, Jarran Reed, Marcus Smith, Quinton Jefferson, Cliff Avril, Nazair Jones, Sheldon Richardson and Dion Jordan. Two players took a knee: defensive tackle Branden Jackson and left tackle Duane Brown. -- Brady Henderson

San Francisco 49ers: Three 49ers players -- receiver Marquise Goodwin, safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold -- knelt during the anthem before Sunday’s game against Seattle in their ongoing protest of racial inequality in the country. Safety Adrian Colbert and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas stood next to them with a hand on their shoulder as the anthem played. -- Nick Wagoner

Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Marcus Peters came out of the tunnel after the national anthem was over before the Chiefs' game against the Bills. This is the fourth game in a row he has done this. Peters had previously sat on a bench on the sideline for the anthem this season. -- Adam Teicher

Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins continued demonstrating for social justice by raising his first above his head during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Bears. Safety Rodney McLeod joined him by raising a fist. Defensive end Chris Long placed an arm around Jenkins as a sign of support, a gesture he has made since the events in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer. -- Tim McManus

Miami Dolphins: Wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas took a knee on the field during the national anthem before the Dolphins' game against the Patriots. The trio previously stayed in the locker room for the anthem against the Jets in Week 8, but they have kneeled the past few weeks. Dolphins coach Adam Gase had established a team rule requiring players to either stand for the anthem or stay in the tunnel, but Gase recently told players that if they wanted to come out and kneel, they could do it and they won't be punished for it. -- James Walker

Los Angeles Chargers: Left tackle Russell Okung stood with the rest of his teammates during the national anthem before Thursday's game against the Cowboys, raising his right fist. He had not raised his fist the past two weeks as the NFL honored the military, but he did it earlier this season. Okung attended a meeting in October with NFL owners and commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss how the league will handle anthem protests. Earlier this season Okung wrote an open letter to other NFL players on The Players' Tribune, with the goal of overcoming "uncharted territory" by opening a line of communication and responding with "one voice" as players. -- Eric D. Williams

New York Giants: Olivier Vernon continued to be the only Giants player to protest. He kneeled during the anthem before Thursday night's game against Washington, his third game back after missing four games with an ankle injury. Vernon has done so at every game since Week 3 in Philadelphia. -- Jordan Raanan