Several NFL players continued last season's rampant protests during the national anthem prior to Thursday's preseason action.
In light of Thursday's demonstrations, the league released the following statement:
"The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans. While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.
"Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.
"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities."
The league initially responded to last year's controversy by introducing a new anthem policy in May, giving the players an option to remain in the locker room but requiring them to stand and "show respect for the flag and anthem" while on the field. The new policy was met with substantial criticism in the weeks that followed, and the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement last month indicating the two sides would work together on new resolution and that no rules would be enforced in the meantime.