San Francisco 49ers Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, from left, kneel during the national anthem before their game against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 2, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Nhat V. Meyer TNS
San Francisco 49ers Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, from left, kneel during the national anthem before their game against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 2, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Nhat V. Meyer TNS

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What happened to the other NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem?

By David Humphrey

dchumphrey@star-telegram.com

August 15, 2017 09:15 AM

UPDATED August 16, 2017 05:19 PM

The national anthem is back in the news with the NFL.

But this time it has a different twist.

Colin Kaepernick spent last season with the San Francisco 49ers protesting racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. He opted out of his contract at the end of the season and became a free agent, but no team has signed him for this season.

Over the past weekend, the national anthem protest issue came to light again this time with Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch.

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Instead of kneeling or displaying a raised, clinched fist, they sat.

Lynch sat on a cooler during the national anthem before Saturday’s preseason game between the Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.

Bennett sat on a bench before the Seattle-Los Angeles Chargers preseason game.

There’s another message that might be in play. Kaepernick is a free agent and teams appear to be staying away from him.

Is he getting blackballed by the league?

Several other NFL players kneeled during the national anthem last season in protest.

Who were the others and what happened to them?

Brandon Marshall: He was with Denver last season and he’s still with the Broncos.

Marcus Peters: He was with Kansas City last season and is still with the Chiefs.

Arian Foster: He was with Miami last season. He announced his retirement.

Jelani Jenkins: He was with Miami last season. He signed with Oakland in the off-season.

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Kenny Stills: He was with Miami last season. He’s still with Miami and stood for the national anthem last week.

Michael Thomas: He was with Miami last season. He’s still with Miami.

Eric Reid: He was with San Francisco last season. He’s still with the Niners, but reportedly doesn’t plan to kneel this season.

Eli Harold: He was with San Francisco last season. He’s still with the Niners, but reportedly doesn’t plan to kneel this season.

Training camp is three weeks old so there’s still time for Kaepernick to catch on with a team or even during the season, if needed. Baltimore was rumored to be interested, but there was no transaction.