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Bennett’s brother Martellus, who is playing for the Packers, raised his right fist during the playing of the anthem, at Lambeau Field.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem before his team faced the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

Robert Quinn of the Los Angeles Rams also raised his fist during the anthem before his team took on the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Before the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles played Sunday, an Eagles safety, Malcolm Jenkins, flanked by teammates Rodney McLeod and Chris Long, raised his right fist during the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

On Thursday, before the season-opening game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs, Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters did not stand for the national anthem, which NBC included as part of its broadcast.

Fans outside Soldier Field in Chicago, where the Bears were playing the Atlanta Falcons, held a “Standing 4 Kaepernick” protest. There, and in a few other cities, some bar owners said they would not show N.F.L. games in protest of Kaepernick’s unemployment.

The league commissioner, Roger Goodell, has sought a middle ground, declaring his support for the anthem while saying players have a right to voice their opinions. He said there was no coordinated effort to block Kaepernick, but offered no explanation for why teams had talked to but ultimately bypassed Kaepernick, saying “I’m no football expert.”

The N.F.L. for years has injected patriotic themes into its games, often including flag-waving and the military in ceremonies.

Nearly three-quarters of the players in the league are black, and some of the most prominent players, including Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks, have said that they sit during the anthem to raise awareness of social injustice, as a form of patriotism beyond honoring the flag.

The show of unity in Cleveland came after several Browns knelt in prayer before a preseason game, prompting police officers and rescue workers’ unions, which often participate in pregame ceremonies, to issue statements objecting to anthem protests and threatening to refuse to hold the flag during the anthem ceremony on Sunday.

Unlike the unions, the leadership of the police and fire departments said the Browns were their partners and arranged for officers to run onto the field with the players and stand with them during the anthem.

“The City of Cleveland Divisions of Police, Fire and E.M.S. have been and continue to be highly supportive of our athletes and those within the Browns organization, participating in community events together throughout the year,” the Cleveland public safety director, Michael McGrath, said in a statement.

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