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NFL anthem protests continue with raised fists, T-shirt slogans

Eliott C. McLaughlin and Darran Simon, CNN | 10/2/2017, 11:41 a.m.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton raised his fist in a black-power salute after scoring a touchdown. Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva ...
Protesters stand outside US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to take a knee in solidarity with the team. Smiley Hill

(CNN) -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton raised his fist in a black-power salute after scoring a touchdown. Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva was joined on the field by his teammates this time.

And many San Francisco 49ers knelt during the National Anthem, although some put their hands over their hearts.

For the second consecutive Sunday, NFL players around the country and in London demonstrated in a variety of ways in response to President Trump's call for NFL owners to fire any "son of a bitch" who "disrespects our flag."

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick pioneered the protests last year when he took a knee during the anthem over what he said was social and racial injustice.

As they were last week, some players' protests were met with boos from fans.

Here's a roundup of highlights from stadiums around the league.

Boos in Baltimore

Before the Baltimore Ravens took the field against Pittsburgh Steelers, the public-address announcer asked the crowd to join the Ravens organization "to pray that we as a nation embrace kindness, unity, equality, and justice for all Americans," CNN affiliate WJZ reported.

The Ravens took a knee, then stood for the playing of the National Anthem, the station reported. The crowd appeared to boo as players knelt.

Last week, fans also booed when the Dallas Cowboys, including owner Jerry Jones, took a knee before locking arms during the anthem.

The Steelers all took the field before the anthem and stood during the song. Many Steelers, including head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, were shown with their hand over their hearts.

So was Steeler tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former captain in the Army and an ex-Ranger. Last week, while the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room during the anthem, Villanueva stood in the tunnel alone with his hand over his heart.

Fists raised in Cleveland

Some players took stronger stances.

Several Cleveland Browns players held their fists high during the anthem before their game against the Cincinnati Bengals. At least one Browns fan also raised his fist in the air while those next to him saluted or held their hands over their hearts.

Bengals players were shown standing. The broadcast didn't show any players from either team kneeling.

Lynch vs. Trump

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was spotted walking into Sports Authority Field in Denver Sunday wearing a T-shirt that read, "EVERYBODY VS. TRUMP," according to KGO, a CNN affiliate.

Lynch later sat on the bench, as he usually does, during the playing of the National Anthem before the game with the Denver Broncos -- the only Raider to do so, according to multiple reports.

Taking a knee in London

A trio of Miami Dolphins players -- Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas -- also took a knee as the anthem played before their game against the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium in London, England, according to CNN affiliate WFOR. The three players stood for the British national anthem, the station reported.